A big draw of the Nintendo Switch is local multiplayer, but if your friends are not near you, you can also play with them online. Here's how.
04-03-2017 - by Iris Wijers
Most Nintendo Switch owners will probably still be busy for some time with the huge sprawling open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, if both you and one of your friends manage to tear yourself away from Link's adventures, you can take your Switch online for some friendly competition. Currently Super Bomberman is the only game you can play online, but other games such as Mario Kart will follow soon.
To add friends on the Nintendo Switch, go to your page and navigate to the ‘add friend’ screen. The screen will show three different ways to add friends. The top option the Switch offers is to search for local users, which allows you to connect with your friends via a wireless connection. This function is especially useful if you want to link multiple Switch consoles (up to 10 is possible) together for mega tournament. The second option the Switch gives is to connect with users you’ve played with recently. This won’t help you connect with your friends, but it will help you meet new friends online and add them instantly to your Switch.
If you want to link up with a faraway friend, you’ll have to resort to using a friend code for now. The ‘add friend’ screen will bring up your friend code, which your friend can use to send you can invite. While the code is still long and unwieldy, only one of you will now have to put in a code, which is a small improvement. Simply input your friends code and send an invite. Your friend only has to accept.
New methods incoming
Nintendo has gone on record stating that new methods to add friends will be coming soon. "In the future, you will be able to send a friend request to friends associated with your NNID (Wii U/Miiverse) and Nintendo 3DS." Stated a spokesperson for the company. Linking the Switch to your Nintendo account could also allow you to add friends by their Nintendo Network ID, which is much easier to remember than a friend code. This will also allow your friends from Miitomo and Super Mario Run to appear as friends on your console. Finally, Nintendo revealed its plans to allow friends from social networking sites to appear as candidates on the console, allowing you to quickly connect with friends on Facebook. Hopefully we will be able to connect with our faraway friends soon without having to remember that complicated friend code.
Online Multiplayer is currently free to use, so make sure to give it a try. The trial period ends Fall 2017, after which the online service will cost you between €16 and €25. Feel like picking up Super Bomberman and future multiplayer titles? Take a look at our Nintendo products below and stay tuned for more games to play online with your friends.