Originally slated to release Fall 2017, the paid subscription online service for Nintendo Switch has slipped to 2018. Originally speculated to cost around $24.99 due to an interview with Nintendo President Kimishima earlier this year, Nintendo has officially announced the price as $19.99 annually, $3.99 per month, or $7.99 for 3 months.
Aside from the ability to play games online, what comes with the service?
- Online Lobby and Voice Chat
- Classic Game Selection
- Nintendo eShop Deals
Unfortunately, Nintendo appears to be sticking with the mobile application solution for voice chat and lobby controls. While Splatoon 2 and ARMS will both launch with online multiplayer, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe already has, only a limited version of the mobile app for voice chat will be available this Summer and the full version will release next year.
Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.
When originally announced, there were concerns that downloadable classic titles would only be available for a short duration of time, but Nintendo has clarified that it will be akin to a Netflix-type service that allows you to play the game on a whim as long as a subscription is maintained.
Nintendo’s website claims that more details will be announced prior to launch, hopefully we can get some next week during E3.