When you arrive at the NBA Playgrounds Nintendo Switch menu, you see the option for online play is grayed out.
This is particularly crippling for the Switch for three reasons:
1. Online play is arguably the best aspect of NBA Playgrounds. Without that mode, it's impossible to get the best experience from the game.
2. One of the biggest selling points of the Switch is online functionality on the go. Obviously, without this feature, the console is unable to make good on one of its promises.
3. This is the first "real" sports title (and some would argue against that distinction) available for the Switch. For it to be missing a major feature like online play for a week after its release is unfortunate. It doesn't help to improve the weak relationship between Nintendo and the sports gaming community.
Hopefully, the game will be fully functional soon. While it's not perfect, NBA Playgrounds has a ton of potential as a series on all platforms. That's especially true on the Switch because NBA Playgrounds' light-hearted approach goes well with Nintendo's reputation for family-friendly content.
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