Unfortunately for Nintendo fans who enjoyed the social aspect of Streetpass and Miiverse on their 3DS devices, these features will not be available on the Switch. VentureBeat spoke with PR Assistant Manager David Young, and he confirmed the exclusion of these features on the new console.
‘“I can answer that we’re not going to be using Miiverse for Nintendo Switch,” Yong said when asked about the feature today.
Young said that the lack of StreetPass plays into the idea of the Switch as a home console, not a portable system (even if it offers on-the-go playing). Miiverse is Nintendo’s take on a social media platform for both the Wii U and the 3DS. StreetPass is a 3DS feature that let players exchange game data when they passed other 3DS owners in real life.
For social media, the Switch will use other platforms — not Nintendo’s own — and also has a share button that can be used to share images, and later on, video. Nintendo did not specify which platforms in the interview, just that it would be existing social media.’
The Nintendo Switch is set to launch on March 3.