Nintendo Switch’s online service free until 2018, will include Classic Games
By BreakingFlow / June 2, 2017, 12:28am EDT
When Nintendo Switch was announced, Nintendo also said that their online services will stop to be free. This means that you will have to pay a subscription to be able to use online functions like online multiplayer on your games. The same approach is used by Microsoft and Sony on their game consoles with PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live respectively.
Originally this service was planned to launch on autumn 2017, but today Nintendo updated the launch date to January 2018. Meanwhile, you can participate in a free-trial with a Nintendo account, this not affects online play or features for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems. The official pricing will be $19.99/year, you can also get a one-month subscription for $3.99 and a three-month subscription for $7.99 Nintendo says that “This paid service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions”
Online chat and other features will require the use of a smartphone app that will connect to the Nintendo Switch. Here you will be able to manage your friends list and schedule online matches, a free trial of this app will be available in summer 2017.
Another change announced today was to the bonus content that the membership allows you to access, subscribers will have access to a compilation classic titles wit added online play as long as they have an active membership.
The first games for this collection will be> Super Mario Bros 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.