Back when Nintendo Switch Online Service was announced prior to the launch of the console, we know it won’t be free, yet the pricing wasn’t finalized at that moment. The price range is expected to be around $20 as provided by Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, and it’s now been confirmed that the yearly subscription will only cost you $20.
This means that Nintendo is offering the most attractive price point for an online gaming subscription service, as it’s significantly cheaper than Microsoft and Sony’s $60 annual fee for Xbox Live and PS Plus respectively. If a yearly subscription sounds too long of a commitment for you, there is also the monthly option for $4, or three months for $8. While these figures are very attractive, it might even be lower once you factor in localization, if there’s any.
Switch Online Service subscribers can expect a handful of features, including special eShop discounts, voice chat via a smartphone app, and access to a collection of classic Nintendo games with online features. The Japanese gaming giant mentioned Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr Mario as some of the titles you can expect to be offered. Here’s the full comparison of what you’ll get as a subscriber as opposed to a free player.
The Nintendo Switch Online Service will only begin sometime in 2018, so we are stuck with basic multiplayer for the time being, which doesn’t sound so bad as it’s free.
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