Nintendo Switch Lacks Internet Browser, Focused On Gaming Instead

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Nintendo hardware since the Wii has offered the inclusion of an internet browser, but not so with the Nintendo Switch. The upcoming hybrid console lacks an internet browser at launch. According to CEO Tatsumi Kimishima, the decision was made to keep the Switch a “dedicated video game platform” instead.

“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.”

As part of a larger interview with TIME, Kimishima outlined the company’s direction with the Switch at launch, while also reaffirming that the Mii Maker will be included within System Settings and not its own app. As to why the Miis will be less prominent, he explained, “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.”

In lieu of a web browser, Kimishima did confirm that the eShop would be operational at launch, allowing for digital purchases. More details about the eShop are forthcoming for now.

…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.

This would contrast with both the 3DS, which did not see the eShop launch until the June after its launch, and the Wii U, where the eShop required a massive Day One update to be available.

Top image: Wii U Internet Browser

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