Nintendo Switch Voice Chat Controversy

Francis Harris
June 17, 2017

Nintendo has good news for 3DS owners looking for some new games. However, that doesn't mean the console is without its issues, particularly in relation to online functionality. Since then developers have embraced the massive technical capabilities of consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that are now both emphasising 4K as the standard to which games should be played.

However, that doesn't seem to be the case, as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said to IGN that "We're going to continue to bring new content, and that's what's going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond". Even Nintendo has previous offered voice chat directly through the console.

This third-party headset from Hori recently got us talking about how cumbersome Switch voice chat, which requires a mobile app, may be. On the topic of a virtual console experience, Fils-Aime feigned surprise and claimed it's not a term that Nintendo has used. "What we're working through is, 'okay, what's going to be the best way to make that happen, to make that available?' Certainly, we recognize there's an appetite for all of our great legacy content". Sadly, the only detail provided by Ishihara is that the upcoming Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch is that "may not release for more than a year". And also the larger screen and the different form factor in the 2DS family, we think is a going to drive and continue to drive the 3DS platform. Nintendo's online services for its past hardware are usually free, but with the Switch, the company now believes that it can charge customers like its rivals, Sony and Microsoft.

"As Nintendo looks at the overall online digital experience there's a recognition that there's a lot of work to be world class", Fils-Aime said. And we pride ourselves ... The latest iteration of the 2DS is arguably the flawless time for Nintendo to give the system one last hurrah before starting a fresh slate with the Switch.

"A conscious choice we've made with Nintendo Switch is that we have identified some core audiences that we really want to win", Bowser said.

KitGuru Says: I'm having a hard time keeping level headed as on one hand prayers have been answered but on the other, we don't know enough to get excited.

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