From September 2018, you will have to pay if you want to play your Nintendo Switch games online with friends or against randoms. The prices for the online service were revealed back in June 2017 but Nintendo updated it with a new tier.
Switch Online, which has been in development since the console launched a year ago, will charge a monthly fee and in return enable users to play online against others and back up data from their console to the cloud.
No changes were announced to the Switch Voice Chat app system, but you will be able to use it with the NES Games. For instance, Nintendo Switch Online will grant users access to 20 classic Nintendo Entertainment System games.
Nintendo also promises a compatible smartphone app to "enhance your online experience", plus members-only special deals and offers will also be forthcoming in the future. 3, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros.More news: Justify justifies hype with Kentucky Derby win
As Nintendo's answer to Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live, the Switch intends to offer an affordable alternative with multiple features while enabling users to play certain games online. A Family Membership allows up to eight Nintendo Accounts to use the Nintendo Switch Online service, even on different systems. So while free is always nearly preferred, it's not like Nintendo Switch Online will break the bank. First, a bunch of games, some more scintillating than others.
But the biggest additions of the Nintendo Switch Online come in the form of the Nintendo Entertainment System compilation and cloud saves. Nintendo says it will share more details at a later date regarding what specific titles will require an online subscription to play online.
The Japanese version of the service costs 300 yen (about US$2.70) for a one-month membership, 800 yen (US$7.20) for a three-month membership, and 2,400 yen (US$21.50) for a 12-month membership. The service will be needed to play multiplayer titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Stay wired for even more details as we wait for the service to launch in September. Rather than paying $19.99 a year for an individual membership, you can opt to pay $34.99 for the Family membership.