Nintendo has finally unveiled more details about their online service for their hybrid game console, the Switch. Those of us that are lucky enough to have gotten the newest gaming device have been looking for more information on what Nintendo would do differently when compared to their other systems like the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS family of consoles.
Nintendo originally announced the service, which is now called Nintendo Switch Online, at the same time as the Switch’s debut, but remained tight-lipped on most of the details other a planned launch sometime in Fall 2017. Finally, we’ve got more info on what will be included and what the service will cost.
Nintendo Switch Online will run users $3.99 USD per month, with options for 3-month and 12-month subscriptions running $7.99 USD and $19.99 USD, respectively. Included in that price is access to online play, an online and lobby chat app for “smart devices,” eShop deals, and access to something called the Classic Game Selection (which is not the final name according to Nintendo). The selection will give subscribers the chance to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play.
While Nintendo originally stated the free trial of online play would run through the summer, with the service officially launching in Fall 2017, the gaming company has decided to delay the service until 2018. The free trial will now run until the end of 2017. It’s unknown whether or not any of the included features will launch during the trial.
The service does appear to be pretty cheap when compared to other online console services like PS+ and Xbox Live Gold that run around $9.99 per month. While Nintendo isn’t offering as much as those other services, Nintendo Switch Online does seem like it will be cheap enough to get users to jump on.
You can find more information on Nintendo Switch Online by following this link.