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Report: Nintendo President Shares Switch Online Services Pricing, VR Considerations

by Matt Miller on Feb 01, 2017 at 06:10 AM

The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting new details revealing subscription pricing for the Nintendo Switch's online services. 

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima tells the Nikkei that the online game services will come at an annual cost of 2,000 to 3,000 yen, or approximately $17.60 to $26.40. 

Kimishima also says Nintendo is studying the possibility of adding virtual reality options for the Switch, but only if Nintendo is able to resolve issues connected to discomfort using VR over multiple hours. Previously, Kimishima has said that Nintendo has interest in VR, but this latest report indicates the primary dilemma facing the company before committing to VR.

We have reached out to Nintendo for confirmation on both online service pricing and the possibility of VR, and we will update this story if we hear back. 

[Source: Nikkei Asian Review, via @serkantoto]


Our Take
Even if we take these statements at face value, the online services pricing that Kimishima suggests is specifically tied to Japanese currency. Given that Nintendo has previously not had a subscription plan for its online services, it’s hard to know whether Japanese pricing would be the same in North America.