With the release of the Nintendo Switch, the company will begin charging for online play for the first time in the company’s history. While those on PlayStation and Xbox are familiar with paying for their network’s features, it’s a first for many Nintendo players, but we don’t know too much about it yet, namely the price format.
Picking up the Nintendo Switch when it launches in March will grant you a free trial of the service, until it becomes a full premium service in the Fall of 2017. Again, we have no confirmation as to how Nintendo will charge players for it, or if it will be a monthly or annual subscription. What we do know, thanks to the official Nintendo website, is the following.
Is has been confirmed that every month, a classic Nintendo title will be available to download and play via the Nintendo Store. While similar to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, that’s where the similarity ends. On the Nintendo Switch, you won’t be able to keep and access the game whenever you want to play it. It will be free to enjoy for that month only, before rotating out while another pops up for your perusal.
Nintendo’s smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device. This will be restricted by the paywall of the subscription when it goes premium, which makes sense. No point arranging games if you can’t play together without it.