Nintendo Switch Won't Be Using StreetPass or Miiverse

Neither social platform will be available on Nintendo's newest console. 


The Nintendo Switch will be changing things up considerably going forward in terms of what it offers as a social media platform. Nintendo has announced that its new console will not be utilizing either Miiverse or StreetPass functionality.

Both of these services, which came to fruition during the age of the Wii U and 3DS and remained there at their heyday, will be replaced by platforms like Twitter and Facebook instead of proprietary installations. Nintendo’s PR assistant manager David Young confirmed this via Eurogamer, explaining that the lack of StreetPass comes down to the idea that the Switch itself is primarily a home console before it’s a handheld system. This goes back to the idea that the Switch will not be replacing the 3DS as the company’s new handheld replacement.

However, this doesn’t mean either platform is dead. There wasn’t any information on what will happen to either Miiverse or StreetPass at the moment, so it’s very likely that both will still be around going forward on their respective systems.

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    January 16, 2017 11:15 AM

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      January 16, 2017 11:26 AM

      This is a bit surprising.

      On the one had, come on, this is totally a portable platform, and Nintendo knows it.

      Second, odd that Nintendo starting to crank the rhetoric that this is meant to be a home console first.

      Really sounds like they're just trying to protect the DS line a bit longer. Just what DID the investors threaten Nintendo leadership with to do all of this?

      They can always patch this stuff in or out later.

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        January 16, 2017 11:38 AM

        Yeah, I hope Miiverse gets patched in. I kinda feel like the lack of pocketability and lower battery life kills Streetpass though.

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