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Nintendo Replacing NEX Multiplayer Server with New NPLN

Nintendo Replacing NEX Multiplayer Server with New NPLN

nex to npln

Since the Wii and 3DS, Nintendo has been using NEX for its multiplayer server system. Almost all games have been tied to it for online functionality for nearly 20 years, so today’s news comes as a pleasant surprise, as Nintendo is moving towards a major change.

Reports that Nintendo is shifting from NEX to a different system called NPLN have been circulating, and Monster Hunter Rise is apparently the first title that will make use of this new system. According to Twitter user thomasnet_mc, NPLN is in a preview phase at the moment, and the Monster Hunter demo allowed Nintendo to see how it performed under a heavy load.

Twitter user OatmealDome says NEX is at least 18 years old by now, so it is quite dated. You might be surprised to hear that the Splatoon 2 version has an unused function to check to see if it is running on Windows 98.

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OatmealDome, a dataminer, says that the shift in server systems will not provide better online – at least not yet. Nintendo will instead look to make a seamless transition, and the company can then add new things or make improvements to existing features.


Thank you for stopping by Nintendo Link for all of your Nintendo news and server change updates! What do you think of this piece of news about the NEX changing to NLPN? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Happy gaming, everyone!

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