The Nintendo Switch is losing its Twitter/X integration next month (UPDATE)

Friend requests via social media are also going away

10 May 2024
by camcritiques 4
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The Nintendo Switch will be losing its Twitter/X functionality on June 10th, 2024, the company announced, ironically via Twitter.

This’ll be affecting sharing posts in Splatoon 2, and, to a lesser extent, Splatoon 3, as well. Friend requests through social media will also be made unavailable. Here’s the full statement:

  • The feature for posting screenshots and videos to X (formerly Twitter) from the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu will become unavailable.
  • While posting screenshots and videos to Facebook will continue to be available, this service may also be discontinued at a later date.
  • The ability to post Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshots from the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu to Smash World, in the Nintendo Switch Online smart device app, will also become unavailable.
  • Posting features in the Nintendo Switch title Splatoon 3 will be adjusted. When posting from the mailbox in Splatsville, Inkopolis Plaza, or Inkopolis Square, you will no longer be able to post to X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook; the data will be sent directly to Nintendo servers. This change will allow users to make posts without one of these social media accounts, but images posted by players younger than 13 will not be visible to other players.
  • The image created for the post will be copied to the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu. Images in the Album can be transferred to a smart device wirelessly or to a PC via USB cable.
  • Posting features in the Nintendo Switch title Splatoon 2 will be adjusted. You will no longer be able to post to X (formerly Twitter) from the mailbox in Inkopolis Square. The characters that appear and posts that are displayed in the Square will be replaced by data already prepared within the game software.
  • The feature for sending friend requests to social media friends via the Friend Suggestions menu on My Page, in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu, will no longer be available.
  • You can continue to use the friend suggestions feature from smart devices, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

Unfortunately, it looks like sharing your Switch screenshots will be a lot harder for a lot of users. Hopefully some Twitter integration still comes to the next console.


UPDATE: Twitter/X has released a statement on this matter and you can read it in full below.

The gaming community is one of the largest and most vibrant communities on our platform, and we are dedicated to enhancing and supporting gaming-related features. As part of Nintendo’s planned discontinuation of sharing content to X from the Nintendo Switch, from June 11th, users will need to download Switch gameplay media directly to their smartphones and share it natively on our platform.

We worked together with Nintendo throughout this process to ensure API access for this integration, but ultimately it was a product decision made by Nintendo.

Our partnership with Nintendo remains strong, and we are working together to ensure a smooth transition for all users. We will continue collaborating with partners to bring new and exciting experiences to our global gaming community.

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Cameron, AKA Cam, AKA Cam Critiques is a big fan of all sorts of video games, especially platformers and RPGs. He covers news and contributes the occasional feature here at GoNintendo, but you can also see more of his game-related work at https://www.youtube.com/camcritiques

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Comments (4)

bluespheal

2M ago

After the feature to connect my Switch to my PC directly was introduced, I've rarely used this one.


bakfug

2M ago

I'm actually shocked it's lasted this long. I assume they must have had a previous deal that is only now expiring. The API integration is so expensive now that so many things, including Xbox and PlayStation, have already dropped it.

Unless something changes at Twitter, which is unlikely, the next console won't have anything either.

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jake_a

2M ago

Screenshots you take on PlayStation 5 are automatically upload to mobile devices on PS App. They are available to download for 14 days. I doubt Nintendo will rework the Switch and the NSO app but hopefully we get this feature on the successor.


marl0

2M ago

Surprised it took this long honestly. Twitter is such a crap show since you know who took over.