This year, Nintendo will release their new console, the Switch, and with it, a new online service that will later in the year become a premium service. The pricing has since been up in the air with nothing solid or confirmed, but it looks like we’re finally getting an idea of what to expect.
According to Nintendo Life, a translation was provided by analyst Dr. Serkan Toto of an interview with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, who said the service will cost customers ¥2-3,000 annually. In US dollars, that’s between $17.50 and $26.50 per year.
It’s a lot less than what their competitors, Microsoft and Sony are charging for their online services, however both of them offer four plus free titles to fans every month, while Nintendo plan on having one free game available each month, that changes every month. You will never retain the same game for longer than the duration of the month.
What else is odd and needs clarification is that the Nintendo Switch’s online connectivity requires the use of a smartphone app. Will this hinder connectivity during intense gameplay such as Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 games? We shall see.
The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3rd, and further details about the online aspect of the console can be found here.