Take it from subpar to superb
The road to the launch of Nintendo Switch Online was uneven at best. Nintendo announced the program to some fanfare before it took a hush-hush attitude about it. For months we didn't really know what kind of changes it would bring. We knew it was cheap, that it made it possible to save cloud, and that NES "gems" like Ice Climbers would come to it, but the finer details of the program and how it would affect or improve online games were kept quiet. When it started, it was with a fizzle and not a bang. The expanding list of NES titles is clearly a substitute for the often-neglected virtual console application and online games for Nintendo titles have not improved.
In fact, Nintendo's online games have not improved so much since DS first went online. Last year, after I finally cried and bought into the program ̵
That kind of shit connection is why I don't bother to take anything other than Mario Kart Wii online on this system, and that's why Nintendo this year is resolving to finally learn to create a decent web-based infrastructure. It should also locate Mother 3 .
I often feel like the game press uses children's gloves when it comes to Nintendo more often than what it does with other publishers. In fact, fans do too. There is a lot of excuse for Nintendo. People still imagine them as underdogs in the industry, a picture that obviously happens to the mountain "Will this be the year Nintendo goes third?" Articles we had to deal with several years ago. I like the company. I do. I like almost every game it puts out and Switch is a godsend for me. But when Nintendo comes closer and closer to the competition, we need to call out the worse services it offers, especially now that it lets us down.
Online games, in 2019, should not be as unreliable as it is on Switch. That experience in Smash makes me never want to take it online again, which is good for that series, because I'm cool just playing against the AI and that the Spirit Board is my new quest. The same goes for Mario Tennis Aces a game that is great with local games, but pretty damn cruddy when you take it online. But for something that Splatoon 2 needs the internet and the cumbersome nature of online games in this game is unacceptable. I put almost 200 hours into Overwatch in 2018. Do you think I would have done it if Sony's online was as bad as Nintendos? Hell No.
And this call to get better, goes beyond Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo must play their game when it comes to online options in their individual titles. Smash Bros. Ultimate has one of the most ass-backward online layouts on the market that fits well with its horrible user interface, something Sakurai has never mastered. The online matchmaking system is so bad we dedicated an entire episode of Impulse to dunking on it.
Then there is Splatoon 2 and their stupid limitations on playing with friends. In pristine games there is no guarantee that you are on the same page as your friends and in League games, you are locked to two or four players. Who approved this? Who thought this was a good idea? Splatoon 2 has sold more than three million copies in Japan alone. It is a bona fide phenomenon, and yet it feels like it was designed by someone who has never had more than one friend throughout his life.
It just needs to be solved, all about playing Nintendo Switch online needs a complete, top to bottom makeover. From the lack of dedicated servers – something I think my $ 20 a year should pay for – to the completely unnecessary decision to link first-party games voice chat to the scary Switch Online app. If I can talk to people in Warframe using my PlayStation 4 headset, I should also be able to Splatoon 2 as well. The Switch is a fantastic, extraordinary offline gaming system. Now, Nintendo must make it the premier online gaming system as well.
It must also locate Mother 3 .
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