New Nintendo Switch news for everyone! Nintendo Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the Nintendo Switch online service could be much cheaper than expected. Take a look at the details below.
Nintendo Switch News: Affordable Online Service
One of the biggest Nintendo Switch news updates announced during the console’s event was a paid online service for the entertainment system. This online service is required for Switch users who want to take part in online multiplayer games. However, Nintendo mentioned that the service wouldn’t be that expensive.
This bit of Nintendo Switch news was reported in Japanese publication Nikkei, as translated by industry analyst Serkan Toto. Nintendo CEO Kimishima stated that the Nintendo Switch online service will cost $17.71 and $26.44 for an annual subscription. Kimishima noted that an annual fee would make it more convenient for the game giant to support online features. However, it is currently unclear whether the studio would offer the option to subscribe monthly.
Even more, it is unclear if the price will be the same in other territories. At under $30, the proposed price makes it cheaper than the membership service in PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. In this regard, Nintendo looks at logistical issues outside of Japan. The price of Nintendo Switch online in other non-Japan regions may change dramatically due to shipping.
Nintendo Switch Worldwide Pricing
Moreover, the worldwide pricing is just one of the questions that Nintendo will need to answer. For instance, there are questions pertaining to the free games offered by this service. The studio confirmed that the free classic titles will only be available for a month. Switch online subscribers do not get to keep them forever unless they purchase it once the month is over. This is very different from the PlayStation Plus, where players get to keep and play the free games until they no longer subscribe to the service.
Players are also excited to find out how the Nintendo Switch online app works as it also controls the matchmaking feature. Even though it sounds like an interesting feature, some have called the setup a little inconsistent. Luckily, Nintendo has a few months before the service becomes available, and a few weeks before the console launches. Hopefully, they will address these concerns soon.
The Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3, 2017. Stay tuned to Video Games Republic to catch the latest on video games, tech, and more.