Nintendo – via Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite – reportedly makes an improvement many Nintendo fans have been waiting for a decade. For over 10 years, Nintendo has been using a technology called “NEX”, which it uses for its multiplayer server system, which means that multiplayer games with electronic elements on Switch and Switch Lite, must work with this technology. The problem is that it is dated and not good, and therefore many Nintendo fans will be happy to hear that Nintendo reportedly replaces it with something newer and better.
According to the report, Nintendo is preparing to move on from NEX in favor of a new and different system called NPLN. Unfortunately, a transition probably does not mean this aspect of gaming on Switch and Switch Lite will automatically and immediately improve, but it does provide a platform for improvement.
The report goes on to say Pattern Hunter Rise is the first game to use the technology, and the latest demonstration of the game allowed Nintendo to preview the technology in the wild.
Nintendo is replacing its multiplayer server system, NEX (used in most, if not all, of their online games since the 3DS / Wii U), with a new system called NPLN.
The Monster Hunter Rise demo was the very first game to use this publicly.
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For now, take everything here with a grain of salt. Not only is everything here official, but it is unclear whether the excitement about the change is justified. In other words, although this change is real and going through, it is not 100 percent obvious that it will improve online gaming, especially first.
At the time of publication, Nintendo has not commented on this report, and the speculation surrounding it, in any way. This is unlikely to change given Nintendo’s strict “no comment” policy regarding information about the unofficial and speculative variant, but if it does, we will be sure to update the story with what is provided. In the meantime, for more coverage on the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite – including not only the latest news, rumors and leaks, but all other types of coverage – click here.
H / T, Nintendo Everything.