Important details of the Nintendo Switch was revealed last month in a live stream event, much to the joy of fans who have been looking forward to knowing more about Nintendo’s revolutionary home console. Besides the relevant info such as retail price and the release date, most were expecting Nintendo to charge its players for online service, which turned out to be true. Pricing wasn’t made available at that time, but Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima finally provided a price range for the Nintendo Switch Online Service.
According to a translation provided by Kantan Games CEO Dr. Serkan Toto, the service will cost around $17.20 - $26.50 (RM80 – RM120) annually. To put that in comparison with Sony and Microsoft’s online subscription service, a 12-month PlayStation Plus is priced at RM129, while Xbox Live Gold will cost you a whopping RM200++ for the same period of time (the massive difference is due to Microsoft not having an official presence in Malaysia, hence the lack of price localization). Nintendo Switch Online Service might cost even less than the suggested price above after localization kicks in.
Despite the prospect of it being cheaper than PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, both Sony and Microsoft offer plenty of free games per month to their members, though some of the choices were undesirable. The online service for Switch offers a monthly game download for a NES or SNES game, catering those who are still fond with the classics. Besides that, the Nintendo Switch Online Service also comes with a dedicated smartphone app, which connects to the system and allows users to organize online play sessions.
An extended trial period will be offered for the Nintendo Switch Online Service as it’ll be free at launch until late 2017. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, priced at $299.99 (RM1, 300++).
Source: Nintendo Insider