Detailing the Nintendo Switch’s brand new online subscription service, the President of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime spoke to IGN stating that “we need to offer, both to consumers well as to developers, a more robust set of opportunities from an online perspective and that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Nintendo certainly means well, as Reggie explains why the voice chat for Nintendo Switch will be tied to a mobile app, “we want to reinforce the capability to take your experience with you on the go… The ability to do matchmaking, voice chat through your phone, it’s a hell of a lot more convenient than having a gamer headset stuck into your backpack trying to do that. That’s why we’re doing it the way we are. We see the convenience, we see the ease of delivery. We think it’s going to lead to a better experience.”
Furthermore, in an interview with GamesBeat, Nintendo of America assistant manager of public relations David Young stated that Miiverse and StreetPass will not be supported on the Switch. No real reason was given other than that the Switch is “first and foremost home console, despite supporting portable play”. Which is odd because the Treehouse presentation made it look like Nintendo was focusing on both equally.
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