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Nintendo Of America President Discusses Switch Online Voice Chat And More

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has been busy fielding press interviews and this time he was cornered by Kotaku. The publication asked Reggie a range of questions including ones about Nintendo’s upcoming voice chat solution as well as the much-requested Virtual Console service, which has yet to be announced for the Nintendo Switch. You can read the full interview here, but for now here’s a few choice extracts.

On why in the world Nintendo is going to require use of a mobile phone when using voice-chat for the Switch, given that everyone else, and even Nintendo, has previously done console voice-chat directly through the console:

Fils-Aime: We actually think that the phone is going to deliver a better, more robust execution. In terms of the APIs that we can build into an app, the fact that phones are ubiquitous, the fact that it allows us to do much more rapid improvements and updates to the service, that’s why we think a phone execution—and specifically a mobile app execution—is going to be better for the consumer.

Totilo: But it’s going to require a phone no matter what?

Fils-Aime: It’s going to require a phone. It’s going to require a mobile device and be delivered by an app.

Totilo: Do you plan to sell your older games to people? People got used to that with Wii and Wii U as downloads.

Fils-Aime: What we’ve said is that as we communicate the specifics of the Nintendo Switch online service then at that point we’ll communicate what it is we’re doing with our legacy content.

Totilo: It’d be great to be able to download and play some GameCube games on my Switch, Reggie. I’m just telling you.

Fils-Aime: I see a lot of consumers hoping and wishing for that online.

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      1. Lol alright dipper how does that change anything about my statement. If anything you just strengthened my statement because he’s just relaying the info. He’s still talking bs in regards to the voice chat. And btw he’s the chief operating officer, much bigger role than just a spokesperson

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  1. I think in reality the requirement of the phone is to exclude little kids from the inevitable voice chat flaming and abuse. It avoids really little kids from using the service without Nintendo outright saying they’re excluding someone from the service, and then they don’t have to worry about a mob of parental complaints. The rest of this is just marketing to try and obfuscate the real plan.

    Really though, the system focuses enough on the portable side of things that I don’t think voice is going to matter much outside of say, Splatoon and a handful of other team based games.

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      1. But he might have a point on why they are allowing voice chat on the second one, WHICH IS FUCKING USELESS ANYWAYS IF NOT MANY PEOPLE are going to use it because of friend codes bullshit. UUuuuuuugh, nintendo…..why?

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  2. “the fact that phones are ubiquitous”

    Classic, poor use of the English language, Reggie.

    ubiquitous
    juːˈbɪkwɪtəs/Submit
    adjective
    present, appearing, or found everywhere.
    “Windows Phone is ubiquitous among everyone I know in person who plans to get a Switch.”
    “phones are ubiquitous”

    absence
    ˈabs(ə)ns/Submit
    noun
    the non-existence or lack of.
    “There is a complete absence of iPhones and Androids among everyone I know in person who plans to get a Switch.”

    synonymous
    sɪˈnɒnɪməs/Submit
    adjective
    adjective: synonymous
    1.
    (of a word or phrase) having the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language.
    2.
    closely associated with or suggestive of something.
    “iPhones and Android phones are synonymous with Reggie’s usage of the word phone”

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  3. I guess I’ll use that video again, so I’ll just leave this here.

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  4. “Totilo: It’d be great to be able to download and play some GameCube games on my Switch, Reggie. I’m just telling you.
    Fils-Aime: I see a lot of consumers hoping and wishing for that online.”

    Either that means your wish is my command or a Nelson Muntz HA HA!

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