Reggie Fils-Aimé: Nintendo Switch Paid Online Won't Have Friend Codes

Nintendo plays catch-up with industry rivals with the new Switch paid online service.


The Nintendo Switch is getting a paid online service, and this time there won't be any friend codes to worry about. Nintendo's odd and cumbersome online services have been a target of criticism in the past, but when the new Switch online service debuts in the fall, it looks like Nintendo might have a digital prescence that rivals Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Reggie Fils-Aimé spoke with CNET about the Nintendo Switch. Reggie stated that the shift from a free to a subscription-based model for their online services with the Switch has the potential to change Nintendo's reputation for offering a poor online experience. The reason for the switch with the Switch is that supporting online gaming has become more and more expensive. Larger multiplayer titles like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. need massive infrastructure to be able to serve gamers reliably, and that infrastructure doesn't come cheap.

When the Nintendo Switch paid online service goes live this Fall, you'll get matchmaking lobbies, voice chat, and a free NES or SNES title rental each month. Nintendo is hoping to standardize the online experience through each title, but some things will still be case-by-case. Hopefully, we'll just get a simple friend's list function that utilizes Nintendo Network IDs.

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    January 16, 2017 12:00 PM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Reggie Fils-Aimé: Nintendo Switch Paid Online Won't Have Friend Codes

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      January 16, 2017 12:29 PM

      Is anyone really interested in voice chat? I find myself muting it or just shutting it off completely on any game I play. Otherwise you just get this flood of vomit from kids who sound like they're so amp'd up on ____ (pick your stimulant of choice). Just not worth it and so rarely adds to the experience.

      If/when people actually do communicate and coordinate over voice chat, instead of just insulting each other to no end, it can be awesome. But, that's like 1% of 1% of 1% of every 1,000 games I've ever played. Unless it was my RL friend. But, then we just use TS/Vent or whatever the current tool of the month is.

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        January 16, 2017 12:42 PM

        i only use it if i'm playing with someone that i know. not using TS or vent while i'm on a console and it's not practical for most people to have some computer around to hook up for that.

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        January 16, 2017 1:10 PM


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        January 16, 2017 1:36 PM

        Yeah it's kind of a non-issue for me as well. There are select games like Overwatch which I talk regularly, but that's about it.

        CS & TF2 pretty much ruined my opinion of VOIP, since 90% of the servers were all-talk with music blasting or some dipshit singing.

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        January 16, 2017 2:12 PM

        yes so that I can talk with friends when playing together online.

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        January 16, 2017 2:31 PM

        I use it all the time, if I'm playing cooperatively with people I know.

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        January 16, 2017 3:25 PM

        Seems like the trend is that most people only use voice chat when it's people they know. Not surprising I guess. I hope you can mute the 12 yr old know-it-alls.

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      January 16, 2017 1:34 PM

      the wii u did not have friend codes either....

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      January 16, 2017 3:22 PM

      omg, I just noticed the front page image of this article.

      That freaks me out.

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        January 16, 2017 3:27 PM

        did it awaken something inside you?

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          January 16, 2017 3:30 PM

          Maybe night terrors, but it's too early to tell.

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