After months of delays and general confusion all around, the paid online service for the Nintendo Switch finally has a release date. Starting in September, players will have to spend $20 a year (or $4 a month and $8 for three months) if they wish to continue playing games online on the Switch. That’s not all you get though. The service will also supply you with some classic titles from Nintendo’s library (finally), including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario, all of which will feature some sort of online capability.
While it’s nice to finally have some sort of confirmation on when Nintendo’s new service will finally be rolled out, there are still many questions. Mainly about the virtual console side of things. Are the 3 aforementioned titles the only ones we’ll be receiving? Will it be a Netflix style release strategy? Will more Nintendo classics be available at launch? Hopefully, some of these questions will be answered before the service officially rolls out. On the bright side of things, it looks like the smartphone app is certainly here to stay… yay.
Nintendo’s online services have been spotty in the past, to say the least. Hopefully, the paid online service will fix some of these issues and stabilize servers for online games like Splatoon 2 and ARMS. Issues have been in no shortage since the games’ releases. We won’t know anything until the service finally does roll-out though, here’s to hoping that the online service will be worth the $20 price tag.