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Why Do I Want Backwards Compatibility

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Whenever the topic of backwards compatibility comes up for a system such as the PS Vita or the Xbox 360, inevitably someone will ask �what�s so important about backwards compatibility?� Now, as someone who hoards their old systems (in fact, I willingly buy obsolete systems purely for novelty value), I can see where they are coming from. However, at the same time I can name 5 darn good reasons why I like to have backwards compatibility.

1. Convenience
Let�s be honest with ourselves- most people want simplicity and convenience and are willing to pay for it. If I can play Super Smash Bros. on my N64 and my Wii, but I also have many other games I like to play on my Wii, which system stays plugged in? The Wii does, of course. I can sit down and enjoy some classic Smash Bros. whenever I feel like, without fishing out the old N64.

For a portable system, convenience is even more important. Do I want to lug around my Game Boy and my 3DS? Of course not! If I can fit the Game Boy games I like to play on my 3DS�s SD card, I�d rather keep the one system on hand.



If you�re still not convinced, then probably nothing will. Just don�t give us strange looks the next time we ask for backwards compatibility on a new system. ;D
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About KeithTheGeekone of us since 9:57 AM on 04.06.2012

Social gamer/amateur Smasher. I like to collect retro hardware and amiibos.

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Favorite Game Series: Super Smash Bros, Pokemon, Kirby