Nintendo on Thursday announced a number of details about their upcoming paid online service, Nintendo Switch Online.
Though originally scheduled to go live in late 2017, the service has been delayed until 2018. Current Nintendo Switch owners will continue to have free access to online play until the service launches next year.
Nintendo’s online service will be priced very competitively at $19.99 annually, $3.99 monthly, or $7.99 for three months. This places Nintendo’s online service well under the $60 annual fee for Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus.
In addition to online play, Nintendo’s online service will grant access to an expanding library of classic games, similar to the Virtual Console. The games announced thus far include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario– all NES titles. The company confirmed to Kotaku that SNES titles and beyond are “under consideration” with nothing to announce at this point.
Though details are murky at this early stage, it appears as though this service will be similar to the Netflix model, with subscribers having access to a large library of games at all times, as opposed to two or three games each month, as with Xbox Live and PS Plus.
There are still many questions remaining. Will this service replace Virtual Console? Will the games be playable offline? Will games expire, or remain on the service indefinitely? How many games will be added each month?
It’s likely we’ll hear more in the coming months. Until then, what features are you hoping make their way into Nintendo Switch Online?
In 2013, Brian combined his love of video games and passion for writing to create Games Under Pressure, a gaming website, based in Milwaukee, that focuses on both console and ultra-high-end PC gaming.