Nintendo has announced that its much anticipated online service is coming September.
The Nintendo Switch launched last March, but at the time, the platform’s online service was undefined and left with more questions than answers. Currently, online play is free to Nintendo Switch owners as a trial until September. The service will be available at $3.99 a month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a full year. The plan will allow Switch owners access to online play, free game downloads, and special deals on the Nintendo eShop.
This service is only available for the Nintendo Switch and will not affect online play for Wii U or 3DS.
I think the most interesting thing regarding the announcement is seeing the effect this will have on the already established online service the Nintendo Switch has to offer. How many Switch owners know that their online service has only been in trial for all this time? Imagine being unaware of the service entirely until one day you enter an online match of Mario Kart to only see a store screen blocking any access until you pay the fee.
Although the service is cheaper than what PlayStation and Xbox already has to offer, Nintendo hasn’t created a perfectly functional online service as of yet. I still remember playing Smash Bros matches to multiple disconnects. However, if Nintendo plans on establishing a premium online service they’re going to have to deliver on quality. Both the Wii and Wii U have had a worrying history when it comes to online gaming, but the Switch hasn’t had many games that could truly put this online service to the test. The rerelease of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 both run fairly well, but do have their flaws. Lets hope with this new online service, we can see better quality online experiences, matchmaking, and party systems.
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