Nintendo Of America President Discusses Switch Online Voice Chat And More

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They gave us an extended look at the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey, announced new Kirby and Yoshi games for the Nintendo Switch and, perhaps the biggest boon of them all, confirmation Metroid Prime 4 is finally in development.

Fils-Aime: Internal, right. Exactly.

Ever since Nintendo fully unveiled the Switch back in January, consumers have been asking about the console's online services and functionality. Those include voice chat, but also entertainment services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, which he said Nintendo "recognizes are important for a device you can take with you". "Whether it's been Pokemon Go, or our NES classic that we launched last holiday season, and now Nintendo Switch". As long as the handheld is still selling, both in terms of hardware and software, Nintendo surely sees no reason to stop supporting the console, this is something that is very understandable given the company's presumably huge losses with the Wii U project.

The internal conversations we have is that on one hand, the development teams would love to showcase their content to a wider base, and certainly in short order the install base on Nintendo Switch will be larger than the install base we ended with Wii U. "What we're working through is, 'okay, what's going to be the best way to make that happen, to make that available?'" Nintendo has chosen to require a mobile phone to utilize voice chat on the Switch even though no other console maker has gone that route.

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Glixel today published a lengthy interview with Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime that touches on a variety of topics, starting with the company's eSports ambitions (or lack thereof) and cartwheeling off from there.

Reggie Fils-Aime made also clear that what Hori showed is not the only solution for voice chat on the Nintendo Switch, it will require though an app.

Totilo: Can you say that there's a solution coming? I had to beat Calamity Ganon. I'm not going to tell you when we'll get there, but our goal is to improve our supply chain so that more product is available to more consumers. But there's one little hangup: if you want to take the console to a friend's place and play on the TV, you've also got to bring along the somewhat cumbersome dock.

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