Switched on the wrong way

GAX (Malaysia) - - NEWSW IRE - Nin­tendo Switch On­line app out now with its share of is­sues.

The Nin­tendo Switch On­line app was re­leased as a free down­load for iOS and An­droid de­vices, along­side the launch of Spla­toon 2. It also hap­pens to be an in­te­gral part to the Switch’s on­line voice chat­ting ex­pe­ri­ence, but as it is, the hy­brid con­sole isn’t go­ing to let gamers en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence prop­erly. The app was sup­posed to go live along­side Spla­toon 2, but was made avail­able a cou­ple of days ear­lier. It didn’t work prop­erly back then, with users re­port­ing that they were un­able to log into their Nin­tendo ac­count. ast for­ward to the app’s of cial launch day, Switch own­ers were then treated to a slew of other is­sues that sug­gested Nin­tendo didn’t quite grasp the way voice chat works. To start, only Spla­toon 2 works with the app at the mo­ment. The prob­lem truly be­gins when you’ve got both Spla­toon 2 and the Nin­tendo Switch On­line app run­ning. Switch over to any other game on the con­sole, and you’ll get dis­con­nected. The same ap­plies to the app – switch over to ab­so­lutely any­thing else, be it the phone app to an­swer a call or the browser to check on guides, and you’ll be dis­con­nected. You even have to keep the screen turned on at all times, or the app will shut down when your phone goes to sleep mode. This, as you can imag­ine, is a mas­sive drain on your phone’s bat­tery re­serves.

With other gam­ing ser­vices of­fer­ing voice chat in very sim­ple and in­tu­itive ways, it’s puz­zling to see Nin­tendo in­sist­ing on hav­ing so many un­nec­es­sary ex­tras to get it work­ing. It likely wouldn’t af­fect sales num­bers of the Switch, but it’s still shock­ing that Nin­tendo in­tends to charge a sub­scrip­tion fee for some­thing that is not only un­nec­es­sar­ily com­pli­cated, but also doesn’t work prop­erly on day one.

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