Nintendo Details Switch Online Service, Plans to Launch in 2018

Gwen Vasquez
June 2, 2017

They have no revealed that this service will cost $19.99 per year, with options for a one-month subscription for $3.99 or a three-month subscription for $7.99.

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Whatever happens, you can bet £5 they'll sell out fast which means you won't want to hang about when they go on sale, otherwise you'll once again be paying top price for a scalpers SNES off eBay. Access to "a wide variety of classic games", says Nintendo.

As the company previously announced, an app "will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games" from your phone. We don't know exactly which games will be included, but the company mentions Super Mario Bros. Games like "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" and "Splatoon 2" rely on an online infrastructure for multiplayer, which Nintendo has yet to provide for its Switch console.

Chat functions and the ability to organize games with friends is possible via a separate app rather than an integration directly into the online service. The online service was pushed to 2018, but that also extends the free trail period. This is slightly less than the subscription plans offered by the Switch's main rivals, Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live.

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This also casts some doubt on the future of the Virtual Console. New games would arrive every month, and the old titles would no longer be available, unless you paid to purchase them.

In April, it was reported that Nintendo is gearing up to release an SNES Classic console this Christmas as a follow-up to last year's hit NES Classic. "More games will be announced at a later date".

Nintendo has revealed its online service for the Switch.

Does the compilation of classic games include Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 games? For now, Nintendo's not saying.

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