News June 2, 2017

Nintendo Reveals Pricing for the Switch's Online Service!

Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.
Date: 06/02/2017

Nintendo has finally revealed their plans for the Nintendo Switch’s online service. And while it isn’t exactly what we thought it would be, it’s exactly what we thought it would be!

We already knew that (thanks to leaks and such) the service wouldn’t cost as much as Xbox Live and PSN. Until sometime in 2018, gamers will be able to play online for free. After which, you’ll have to pay: either $3.99, $7.99 and $19.99 for a month, three month, and year subscription respectively. The online lobby/voice chat is still tied to a smart device app. I don’t understand why this sort of thing isn’t handled through a service on the Switch itself. It kind of makes sense if we’re thinking about the system’s battery life when you’re out and about, assuming that would affect your playtime (I have no idea). But that’s the only reason I could see this sort of system would be implemented. I’m hoping it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

One thing that has changed is how the classic Nintendo titles are being handled. Instead of getting one game a month (requiring a purchase once the month is up) subscribers will now get access to multiple titles at a time. Not only that but these games will get added online play; challenging friends in Dr. Mario is made that much easier.

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This is good news. Though I wonder what this will mean for Nintendo’s Virtual Console offerings. I doubt we’ll see free versions of games that aren’t a part of their catalogue – no SEGA games for instance. Who knows? I’m still looking forward to a deluxe edition of Super Smash Bros. to worry about classic titles just yet…