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Nintendo Outlines New Details And Launch Window For Switch's Online Service

by Javy Gwaltney on Jun 02, 2017 at 02:44 AM

Nintendo has released new details about its upcoming service for the Nintendo Switch. This newly released information includes price plans as well as a updated release date for the service.

As we reported earlier this year, Nintendo was planning to have the service go live in Fall 2017, meaning that Switch owners could play games like Arms and the upcoming Splatoon for free until then. Nintendo has moved its paid online service period to 2018, meaning that you don't have to pay for the service until next year.

The publisher also outlined pricing plans for the service, which more or less resemble the same monthly membership plans for Xbox and Playstation (but cheaper!). Here are your options:

  • 1 Month Membership: $3.99
  • 3 Month Membership: $7.99
  • 12 Month Membership: $19.99

Beyond the Switch's online multiplayer functionality,  subscribers will also get access to classic games as well as Eshop deals. You can find the rest of the details for the service here.

For more on the Switch, be sure to check out our review of the console here.

[Source: Nintendo]

Our Take
While the reason for the delay is anyone's guess, hey! More time to play Mario Kart and Arms for free is hardly a bad thing. We're curious to see how the monthly membership model pans out for Nintendo but it doesn't hurt that that pricing is cheaper than than both Sony and Microsoft's plans.