Nintendo Switch’s online service will be priced somewhere between $17.50 and $26.50 a year, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed. The paid service will begin sometime in the fall of 2017, following a free trial period that will begin when the console launches. According to Kimishima, Nintendo will start charging for the service in order to support online features such as multiplayer, in addition to free monthly download of classic games.
This information comes from industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto, who has been tweeting new info from Nintendo’s recent corporate strategy meetings. Toto relayed word from Kimishima, saying “the yearly fees make it easier for Nintendo to support online features such as multiplayer or downloads of classic games.“
Nintendo is still keeping other details of their online service under wraps, despite their console being just a month away. So far, all we know is that it will provide access to their games’ multiplayer content, and subscribers to the service will receive a monthly pass to a select classic Nintendo game. The online service will be free from the Switch’s launch up until the fall, when Nintendo will start charging for the service.
The price is significantly less than its competitors, Sony and Microsoft, who charge around $60 a year for online services on their consoles.
Source: Dr. Serkan Toto