If you’ve had a Nintendo 3DS in your pocket for the last several years you’ve gotten used to the idea of StreetPass, as well as Nintendo’s own social network Miiverse for the Wii U and 3DS. Though it looks like neither of those features will be in the upcoming Nintendo Switch.
David Young, Nintendo of America’s assistant manager of public relations, confirmed this information during an interview with GamesBeat on Friday at the Switch event in New York City.
“I can answer that we’re not going to be using Miiverse for Nintendo Switch,” Young stated in the interview.
Young went on to say that while the Switch could be played on-the-go like the Nintendo 3DS, StreetPass will also not be a part of Switch, though Nintendo did announce that the system could share to existing social media networks through a button on the Joy-Con.
Miiverse is an online community available directly from the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U systems, and has also available online for some time. StreetPass offers a unique gaming experience where you can collect Mii characters and interact with them, enhance game play in StreetPass-enabled games as well as playing innovative games in StreetPass Mii Plaza on the 3DS.
There is no word on if this means the demise of Miiverse. If Miiverse won’t be a part of Switch, the Nintendo social community will likely be shuttered once support for the Wii U and 3DS wanes.