Opinion: New 3DS models could bring in SNES and GBA Virtual Console, cross buy for the system

One of the biggest complaints about the Nintendo 3DS Virtual console is that there are no Super Nintendo or GameBoy Advance titles on the system. The system simply cannot emulate them, and as we know the Ambassador games are kind of cheating. It’s even more bizarre that the Wii U has the Game Boy Advance games as well. Shouldn’t the portable console have portable games? But I digress.

The newly announced 3DS and 3DS XL models have a number of internal and external improvements, and one of those is a higher spec CPU. Now with limited information we don’t know if it’s the same CPU running at a higher speed or a new one all together, but we’d wager on the first. This is great news though, for a couple reasons.


I am just speculating here, but with the increased power of this new 3DS could now enable there to be enough power to emulate both the SNES and the GBA. This would mean that original 3DS owners will miss out on these titles, but then again, Nintendo don’t seem too concerned about that just now.

There’s also another sign that point to the fact that it Nintendo could possibly bring SNES games (at least) to the Nintendo 3DS finally. Both the new 3DS and 3DS XL have their buttons either completely colored or printed with the colors of the SNES controller. Nintendo even used a reference picture of the SNES controller in the Nintendo Direct. This of course just could be Nintendo playing to nostalgia of course, which might be more likely, but let’s think big for a minute.


Nintendo also used a GameCube controller too, but as we’ve seen, while it is possible for even Wii games to come to the 3DS, they have to be redeveloped a la Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and the newly announced Xenobade Chronicles.

While we’re in speculation mode, let’s go one step further. If the above were to become true, and Super NES and Game Boy Advance games did make it to 3DS, there’s now essentially no reason why we couldn’t finally see cross-buy come to the Nintendo eShop. Both systems are linked via Nintendo Network IDs and we share wallets, why not now take it knew step further with the new found parity with the Wii U eShop?


Hell, Nintendo said new hardware going forward would have a better account system, and the 3DS has been the system holding them back from doing it.

Now could be the time- now has to be the time. Though it’s going to come at a price if it does.

But it’ll be worth it.

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  • skywake
    August 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    If they have SNES/GBA and cross buy I’m getting one. If not? meh….

  • David
    August 31, 2014 at 1:50 am

    It’d be hard to ignore the millions of Old 3DS’ out there that couldn’t play them.

  • August 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    With regards to cross-buy, it has to happen. Make it like iTunes. You buy it once and share your library amongst Nintendo devices.

    Just to add to your speculation, Nintendo claimed NES Remix could not be done on the 3DS due to power restrictions. With a new Remix title announced for New 3DS, it clearly has the power to do these things. I think you may be on to something.

  • Treetops97
    September 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    The 3DS can’t emulate GBA games even though the DSi could do it via homebrew?

  • Oh really?
    October 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    How can the 3ds not play snes? This has to be a joke if Nintendo believes this. Hell I have a working snes emulator on my iphone and I’ve seen as much as playstation 1 emulated on iphone. If the iphone has more power than a 3ds Nintendo has a problem. They need to stop horde snes and gba on wii u just to make money. That way we can get snes and hell maybe in n64 on 3ds.

    • pgermpo
      November 20, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Ummm, the iphone is MUCH more powerful than the 3ds. The 3ds is a 170 dollar device and the iphone is 650. They’re not comparable.

  • Oh really?
    October 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm


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