Nintendo has given us more information about their upcoming online service.
This paid service lets Nintendo Switch owners will be required for online multiplayer gaming in 2018. A dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system is required for voice chat. Originally, the program was supposed to go live this year, but it appears it has been pushed back into next year.
The prices are as follows:
- 1-Month – $3.99
- 3-Month – $7.99
- 12-Month – $19.99
Subscribers to the service will have access to the Classic Game Selection offering. The Classic Game Selection (name subject to change) will allow subscribers to download classic titles with online play such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. We’re assuming more games will be announced in the future. It is unclear if this is a replacement for the Virtual Console offered on the Wii and Wii U.
The smartphone app connects to the Nintendo Switch and allows players to invite friends to play online, set play appointments and chat during online matches. We have an idea of how the voice chat system will work and it looks like something that could use some improvement.
More information will be coming about the service closer to when it launches. It’s possible we will see some more information about the service during E3 in a few weeks.