Nintendo’s online service delayed to 2018; costs $20/year [UPDATE]


Kotaku asked Nintendo for clarification on the Classic Games. Here’s their statement:

“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play. Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription.”


Today, Nintendo surprised us all with new details about their upcoming online service for the Nintendo Switch. As you might remember, it’s currently in a testing period, however, come 2018, you’ll need to pay to play online. Here’s the pricing structure:

  • 1 month – $3.99
  • 3 months – $7.99
  • 12 months – $19.99

On top of online multiplayer access for “most games”, subscribing to Nintendo’s online service will provide you with access to the upcoming smartphone app that “helps you connect with friends for online play sessions.” As we’ve already learned, you’ll need this app for online voice chat. Here’s a peak at what that will look like, courtesy of Hori’s new Splatoon 2 headset.

According to Nintendo, with the upcoming smart device app, you’ll be able to “invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games.” Nintendo will still be launching a free, limited version of the app later this summer.

The online service also comes with “ongoing access to a library of” Virtual Console classics, complete with online play. In Nintendo’s statement, they list Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario as some examples of games that’ll be downloadable for subscribers.

What do you guys think about this new development? Are you willing to pay $20 a year for a Nintendo online service? Let us know in the comments below!

[via Nintendo]