In a surprise announcement, Nintendo has revealed a slew of new information regarding the online capabilities of Switch (see more)
Though the paid subscription was originally announced to begin Fall 2017, it has been delayed until sometime in 2018. Pricing for 1-month, 3-month, and 12-month memberships will be $3.99, $7,99, and $19.99, respectively.
In addition, Nintendo clarified their intention with their “free game per month” model. Instead, Nintendo writes, “Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario”
Online chatting with Switch players continues to be confirmed that it will be done through an app on a smart device.
Most surprising though, was their statement on Wii U and 3DS online functionality, which will remain free for all players.
What a strange time to announce this Nintendo. However, I do like the price point and the removal of the “monthly rental” of classic games that was originally announced with this online system. Aside from the terrible decision to have a smart device be the proxy for voice chat, this seems to be a sensible and overall appropriate announcement for continued information in this Switch-era.