Nintendo has finally pulled back the curtain (somewhat) on the online service they’re bringing to the console this September. For starters, this isn’t going to be the same kind of robust online service PlayStation and Xbox users have grown used to over the years. It’s actually rather bare bones compared to PSN and Xbox Live, but thankfully Nintendo has taken that into consideration. So, here’s what we know:
It’ll be relatively cheap
I repeat, Switch Online won’t be anywhere near what the competition offers at launch. However, It looks like Nintendo has priced it accordingly. Price points are:
One month: $3:99
Three Months: $7.99
One Year: $19.99
One Year (Family Plan): $34.99
The “family plan” allows up to 8 different users to enjoy all the services features, even if they’re on different devices.
So what do we get with it?
Nintendo Entertainment System – Switch Online
This is an online library of NES games subscribers can access at any time. There will be 20 games initially, with 10 games available on day 1 (more to be added over time). Some games with multiplayer components will have online play available. These games will also be playable offline. Players will also able to watch one another play single player games and can can opt-to “pass the controller” to each other at any given time; emulating the days of switching-off as kids. (A very nice touch if you ask me!) Finally, each NES game will support voice-chat through the Nintendo smart phone app,
Save Data Cloud Backup
Just what it sounds like. Switch owners will be able to backup their save data to cloud storage if they want.
Again, it’s just as it sounds. Online multiplayer for games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be handled through this new online service. Come this September, you gotta pay if you want to play.
And that’s basically it
It’s bare-bones to be sure, but it looks like Nintendo is pricing it fairly and has a foundation of good ideas for their online service. I think it’ll need to keep growing if user are going to stay happy with it, but it’s a good start.
What do you think? Is this enough to start with? What will Nintendo need to add to keep people interested?