When the Nintendo Switch was fully unveiled at the event in January it turned a lot of heads. But one thing that really turned heads was that for the first time their online services would have to be paid for. The reasoning behind this was because they wanted to offer an enhanced service, and so needed to charge. That being said, the online services for the system would be free until it was done. Well, now, Nintendo Switch Online has been fully detailed, and even given its price.
First off, as revealed on the official Nintendo website, Nintendo Switch Online will be coming in 2018, and as long as you have a Nintendo Account it’ll be free for the rest of the year. Once it does become pay-to-play though, it’ll be $3.99 for one month membership, $7.99 for a three-month membership, and only $19.99 for a year membership. In comparison, PSN and Xbox Live Gold are about $60 a year.
Also coming alongside this is the Nintendo smartphone app that you’ll use to do voice chat with friends. You’ll get to use it for free with membership. Also, you’ll be able to download and play a “classic selection of games” that have online play. Titles for that service will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Ballon Fight, and Dr. Mario.
Nintendo also listed the things that separate membership from non-membership. If you don’t get a membership, you’ll still be able to access the Nintendo eShop, you’ll still be able to send friend requests, and you’ll still be able to share screenshots on social media. If you get the membership though, you’ll get access to special offers for the eShop alongside everything else mentioned above.
So there you have it, what do you think of Nintendo Switch Online?