Nintendo Online Service Now Coming 2018, Pricing and Details Announced
Nintendo has made the decision to push back their paid online service to 2018, although the limited free version will still release sometime in Summer 2017.
Nintendo took to their website to announce a slew of new details including the service's payment structure. A full year of Nintendo's online service will run you $20, which is substantially lower than both Sony and Microsoft's $60 services.
Nintendo isn't letting go of their mobile app to accompany their online platform. The app is still set to launch sometime in the summer. Here is how Nintendo put it on their website:
Our new dedicated 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.
A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.
Here comes the really good news. Nintendo added that subscribers will receive free Nintendo games over time like Super Mario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, and Balloon Fight. These games will have added online functionality that Nintendo has still yet to detail, but now players will get to keep these games, rather than exchange them for new ones each month. As long as a user is subscribed they will continue to have access to the games. This is much more like Sony's PlayStation Plus and Microsoft's Games With Gold, but with added online functionality.
So far Nintendo seems to only be mentioning NES games, so perhaps the service will limit the free monthly titles to just NES. We'll know more soon. We also haven't heard from Nintendo on Virtual Console. This may be replacing the Virtual Console, but Nintendo still has yet to comment on this speculation.