I was right.
I think the functionality people were upset about extended beyond the ability to trade online. What people were upset about is the GTS which is the specific ability to send up a request to trade a specific Pokemon for a specific Pokemon. Other people could search trades as well putting up their own Pokemon while requesting a specific Pokemon. It made it easy to find the perfect trading match completely within the game where you could find someone that wants the specific Pokemon you want to trade while you're getting the specific Pokemon you wanted from them.
I'm still waiting for my copy (should be in today... Friggen Amazon), but from everything I've seen, this specific functionality is missing from the game.
Okay, I remember that functionality from the older games. I wasn't following the leaks too closely as I didn't want to spoil myself all that much. Bummer you still haven't gotten your copy.
Maybe you can help me with something...
On Friday, my wife and I went together to pick up our 5 year old girl from Kindergarten. We decided to get her a surprise so we took her to the store and bought her a Switch Lite (the Pokemon edition) along with the Pokemon Sw/Sh dual pack. She wanted Shield, so I'm playing on Sword. We aren't all that far into the game yet, but we did get to try the online stuff out. We set up the Lite with the same NNID as our main Switch, which doesn't seem to work as I'd hoped. We can't both connect online at the same time, as it seems you can only be connected once with a single account.
Essentially, connecting online will immediately disconnect the other Switch. We can, however, see each other in game in local play. It seems quite laggy, and more just for show, as it doesn't seem we can enter the same battles, but it's a nice feature. I was hoping we could both connect to the Internet at the same time, though. Is this what the Switch family account is for? Will my daughter be able to keep her Pokemon file when we remedy this, or will she have to start all over?
Not sure how to remedy this.