The listeners of Nintendo‘s earnings call were privy to some information that Nintendo Switch owners have been waiting to hear about for a while. When they would be charged to use their Online Service. Last year when the Nintendo Switch was being released, Nintendo revealed that their online service would be free until Fall 2017. That date would later be delayed to an undisclosed date.
Until today’s earnings call.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed today that Nintendo Switch owners would begin being charged to play their Switch games online this September. However, unlike Microsoft & Sony that charge about 60 per year, Nintendo’s prices are a lot cheaper.
- 1 month subscription = $4
- 3 months = $8
- 12 months = $20
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
The perks of purchasing the Online Subscription are not exclusive to just playing your games online. They also allow users to gain access to deals within the Nintendo eShop and use the online lobby and voice chat, which still requires a smartphone app to use. Gamers who don’t play can still utilize the Nintendo eShop and upload screenshots, but as of now that’s about it.
Nintendo didn’t go into complete detail about the subscription service but considering there are still about 7 months until this goes live, it’s likely they’ll have more perks for gamers who own the service. As they reveal more information about this service we’ll have it here on Cinelinx.
Additionally, Nintendo also announced a Mario Kart mobile game, Mario Kart Tour, is set to release by March 2019! Come back here for more news as that develops.