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Reggie: Switch matchmaking and lobbies handled through phone app

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Zombie James

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http://nintendotoday.com/switch-app-matchmaking/

The smart phone app that we're creating, that will be part of our online service, we believe is going to be a very compelling part of the overall proposition because that's how you'll voice chat, that's how you'll do your matchmaking, and create your lobby. We also think it's a very elegant solution because if you've taken your switch on the go, you've put yourself in a hotspot, you're looking at get a quick match of Mario Kart in, to whip out some sort of bulky, gamer headset is a bit of a challenge.

So we think we've got an elegant solution. That's a very specific answer to your question.

Needing two devices to do the work only one should be doing isn't elegant to me, but I use a big bulky headset so what do I know?
 

Zidy

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I don't understand how a company has become so divorced from its user base.
 

daxgame

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Hmm, at least now I kind of "get" why they went with this weird solution.
Just wished the app was only a cool alternative for when you are outside tho.
 

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Yeah Reggie made this pretty clear in numerous interviews he had. The main argument he seemed to have was that they didn't want people carrying headsets with them if they wanted to chat on the go.

I mean I think it's fine to have this as a mobile option in addition to a solution on the console but as the only way to voice chat it's bullshit.
 

Giever

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What if you don't have a smart phone though? I understand that most people do, but it still seems ridiculous to outsource the fucking networking feature to a different device.

Or what if you have a Windows phone or a Blackberry or something?
 
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It would make too much sense to have the app on the Switch instead of an external device.
 

-shadow-

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I can't believe they're putting all their effort in a mobile app. They went from the one extreme of the spectrum to the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I'm still waiting until we get actual concrete evidence. But so far nothing seems like it should be.
 

NOLA_Gaffer

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I'm gonna wait for release before making any judgement, but it's gonna be hella fun to watch people melt down over this in the meantime.
 

Megatron

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I hope it has really detailed stats. I coukd really see getting immersed in this.

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dEvAnGeL

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i do wonder who advice Nintendo on all these decisions, everything said about the switch sounds just bad, the only good thing that console has is the new zelda and you can also play that on the Wii U
 

Ginger Hail

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That better mean private matchmaking/lobbies. I can't imagine anyone wanting to have their phone out just to do matchmaking with randos.
 

Ferrio

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Yeah Reggie made this pretty clear in numerous interviews he had. The main argument he seemed to have was that they didn't want people carrying headsets with them if they wanted to chat on the go.

So don't carry headsets but a small pair of earbuds?
 

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I mean, I don't get it. I just don't.

Maybe they have something really innovative in the pipeline here that's going to blow everyone away, but my limited perspective can't see it right now. It's just adding another device for seemingly no reason.
 

Mr T.

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I don't understand how a company has become so divorced from its user base.

I don't think Nintendo fans use online multiplayer. Honestly, I consider myself one and really only played Smash and Mario Kart online for a few hours at most. I generally prefer local couch co-op or playing bots/computers.
 
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