During and following the Nintendo Switch Presentation, on Friday, Nintendo shared plenty of details about the Nintendo Switch. We even got to see the UI in action during the Nintendo Treehouse Live segments. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of we don’t know about the console, such as the system features, for example.
But we already know about two features that will not be on Nintendo Switch: Miiverse and StreetPass. In an interview with VentureBeat, David Young (assistant manager of public relations at Nintendo of America) confirmed that those two features would remain on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
For StreetPass, it seems to be because Nintendo considers the Nintendo Switch a home console first and foremost. Also, it’s easy to imagine how fast the battery would drain if users tried to use that feature and also play while on the go. Not to mention that the Nintendo Switch is a lot less portable than a Nintendo 3DS, so regularly checking out StreetPass hits would most likely be rather cumbersome.
As for Miiverse, Nintendo most likely considers that the costs of running such a service are not worth it (Miiverse wasn’t really a system-seller on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS), especially since users seem to prefer existing social media such as Twitter or Facebook, where rules are nowhere near as strict as on Miiverse.
Sorry water guy, you will have to find another place to check out the water in Switch games!
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3rd, worldwide.