Reggie on Switch Paid Online Service: The Amount of Servers We Need Is Not A Small Investment

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Jan 16, 2017
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After the official Switch reveal, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime conducted a series of interviews where he talked about the hottest topics surrounding the new console.

To begin with, speaking with CNET Reggie explained why the Nintendo Switch will adopt a subscription model for Online Play in Fall 2017.

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People have taken shots at us for that [for the previous system used with 3DS and WiiU]. The reality is, the way that online experiences have progressed, it’s an expensive proposition. The amount of servers we need to support Smash Brothers or Mario Kart — these big multiplayer games — is not a small investment.

There are no friend codes within what we’re doing.

Reggie Fils-Aime also explained to Wired that the Nintendo Switch is really a home console that gamers can take on the go, which is why the 3DS system isn’t going away anytime soon.

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3DS has a long life in front of it. We’ve already announced games that will be launching in the first couple quarters of this year. There are a number of big games coming. And in our view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side. You’re going to be meeting different price points, you’re going to be meeting different types of consumers, you’re going to have the newest, freshest content available on Nintendo Switch, you’ve got a thousand-game library available on Nintendo 3DS, plus some key new ones coming. They’re going to coexist just fine. We’ve done this before, managing two different systems.

I think there’s a sense that Nintendo Switch is a portable device. It is portable. But at its heart, it’s a home console that you can take with you on the go.

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