Nintendo Switch Online moves forward
The company is set to begin the new year with major changes to its service.
Tokyo, December 21st 2018 - Following the release Super Smash Bros. Ultimate of one of Nintendo’s more online focused games, the Japanese company has announced that it has heard the feedback concerning their online service and is poised to release some much needed changes in early 2019.
“You’ve probably noticed that there’s no way to communicate with people on your friend’s list, all you see is what they are currently playing.” stated Mr. Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo. “Since we know our customers value their privacy, we’ve opted for a solution that keeps that goal in mind so in Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) 2.0, you’ll no longer see who is playing which game, you’ll only get a notification that someone from your list is playing, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for example, but without divulging who.”
Another improvement on deck for the popular game maker concerns additional services to go along with the “Nintendo Entertainment System” service already available. “People were left wanting more legacy titles from our back catalog, even after our generous release schedule of 3 games per month.” commented Mr. Furukawa. “We’re happy to announce that by the end of June 2019, we’ll be introducing the Game & Watch service and the playing card viewer”.
According to Mr. Furukawa, the “Game & Watch” service will be similar to the existing NES service with old, oh-so-old titles from the Game & Watch series added at a snail’s pace over the course of the Switch’s lifetime. As for the Playing Card viewer, it will allow users to observe high resolution images of Nintendo’s playing cards they used to make 100 years ago. “We’ll release 6 new cards per month, that’s double the amount of NES game we currently release” said Furukawa with a proud smile.
Finally, there is one final improvement in store for NSO 2.0. This change came about after Nintendo was criticized for not providing dedicated servers and resorting to peer to peer connections even after placing its online service behind a paywall. The company has decided to step up. “We realized it was something we had to provide in this day and age, so we went on eBay and found a barely used Pentium II 333Mhz running Windows NT and decided it would be our dedicated server for all our games. There’s still some testing to do but we’re confident our fanbase will be thrilled once it comes online”.
So it seems the Nintendo gamers have a lot to look forward to as the Switch moves into the new year.
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