Nintendo Switch Will Not Feature Core App Support As Wii U, 3DS
Nintendo Switch will be coming out next month and there are still things that we do not know about the upcoming hybrid console. It seems that the Nintendo Switch will not have a web browser as the console is dedicated for gaming above all else. It also seems that other core apps that were present in the Wii U and the 3DS will also not be making it to the Nintendo Switch.
According to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima:
In terms of the applications available on Wii U, all of those are not necessarily transferred or installed. In principle, we think about which application needs to be improved or discontinued by looking at consumers’ reactions. Mii characters can be used to represent a user profile, for instance, but are not required. Users also have the option to choose a profile picture from an included library of Nintendo character images. Mii characters can still be used in games if developers choose to include them.
When it comes to the Nintendo Switch the company will be stressing on the gaming side of things and will be focusing on gaming related features like screenshot and screen capture as well as chat feature. Some time along the line you will also be able to share your experiences with friends on social media platforms.
As for Miiverse, while Miiverse will continue to be supported on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, our approach with the Switch is to make greater use of other established, broadly used social platforms. For example, capturing gameplay screenshots to share on popular social networks, and social features such as voice chat are possible with smart devices through our app.
Concerning Mii Maker, on the Switch the software to create Mii characters is now located in System Settings, and no longer resides on the Home menu as a standalone application. You can also create a Mii character from the Profile screen. Making Mii characters is similar to the method used on past systems.
There will be no browser on the Nintendo Switch, at least not at launch. We have no indication that there will be one coming out in the future and from what we have seen in the past, Nintendo is not one of the companies that give the people what they want. The company usually does what it thinks is right.
Next, whether Nintendo eShop is fully supported and functioning for Switch at launch, we can confirm that it will be possible to purchase and play downloaded software at launch, but we are not sharing further details at this time. And in terms of the Internet browser, since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch.
Let us know what you think about the Nintendo Switch and the lack of features that it has at the moment. It is possible that the company will fill in the gaps some time in the future but there is no word about that as of right now.