Fan-made Switch matchmaking site called Switcher now relaunched

A lot of gamers are not pleased with Nintendo’s current online infrastructure for the Switch. It’s actually viewed by many as being a bit of a step back from the Wii U, due to the return of the infamous friend code system. The icing on this sour cake is that the only way to initiate voice communication with players on the system without using the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, which only supports a few select games. A text messaging feature is also currently missing. Indeed, there’s quite a lot of holes here. Thus, some fans with a bit of coding knowledge decided to take it upon themselves to¬†build up a more social alternative themselves to make it easier for Switch owners to get connected. That solution is

Switcher is a website where Switch owners input their friend code and build a profile, listing all of the multiplayer/co-op titles that they own. They can then search for users that also own the same games, making it easy to find new matches.

The website launched a few weeks ago, but was recently shut down for a little while. No, it’s not because Nintendo intervened (at least, not yet). The shut down was actually caused by some users noticing that the website’s coding had a lot of security vulnerabilities. So, the creators made a noble move to close the service while these vulnerabilities were being patched up. In only three days, the creators have made the changes and now the site is live once again. This announcement came from the main creator himself, Reddit user ‘bezzaton’.

Not only is that turnaround time impressive, but so is the actual service itself. It’s weirdly admirable and a bit disheartening¬†at the same time to see the fans of a system create a tool for their fellow community members, but considering the only reason it’s being done is due to Nintendo’s own negligence, that’s what makes it disheartening.

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.