Nintendo Explains Switch's Online Service Delay, Virtual Console & File Management

In an interview with IGN at E3, Nintendo of America President and Chief Officer Reggie Fils-Aime said Nintendo plans to support the Nintendo 3DS past 2018. "And that's what's going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond".

Nintendo highlighted new games for the Nintendo Switch system and Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch, at E3 2017. In other words, Nintendo wasn't going to roll out a lesser version of the product if it didn't have to.

Still, Fils-Aime noted that digital sales for top Switch games - especially Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - have been strong and that Nintendo recognizes how valuable a digital marketplace can be. I suspect Nintendo will make that decision when it has sold tens of millions more Switch.

Both the Switch and 3DS have a smattering of very interesting titles coming out, so if you're on board with both devices, you've got a whole lot to look forward to.

The Nintendo Switch online service will also include a the Classic Game Selection, a feature bundled with the paid service.

At the same time, the Nintendo boss provided his perspective on the company's approach to voice chat, an issue that it continues to struggle with.




Nintendo has certainly employed the strategy early in the Switch's lifetime. If a user were to break their Switch by accident, all their saved progress would be lost, and there would be no way to recover them.

Fortunately, Nintendo is looking to make their upcoming lineup for 2017 a bit more clear.

"It's everything from not only how is it going to work but it's also how we do this in a way that doesn't lend itself to piracy or systems or our core software infrastructure that can be modded or hacked", Fils-Aime told Mashable. They will all require a mobile phone, but apparently not all of them will need to be physically tethered with a cord. That's how we think about our different franchises and different IP.

"In the end, what we want is we want the consumer to call it their device, right?"

Details on Metroid Prime 4 are scarce at the minute, but we do know that Retro Studios, who worked on the previous three games in the series, will not be handling development.

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