Nintendo Switch Online Coming in 2018

Nintendo has finally given details on the highly anticipated paid online services coming to the Nintendo Switch. The service was mentioned at launch, with more details to come soon, and now we have those.

Several key aspects of the online service have finally been revealed, as they were definitely pieces of the puzzle that we needed to know. One thing to note immediately on this announcement is that the service is due to launch in 2018, not later this year, as was initially explained. This could quite possibly be due to delay with the smartphone app that ties the entire service together. I’m pretty sure the app was to be launched shortly after the launch of the console, but now a free, limited version is due in the Summer of 2017.

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We learned of the pricing plans that will be available in order to access the paid-specific features, we also learned of the Nintendo eShop deals that will be available solely to subscribers, and of course the smartphone app.

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Nintendo eShop deals

Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content.

Online lobby and voice chat

Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device.

A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.

As it stands now, we have a lot of new information, but we’re also being advised to check back for more details before the official launch in 2018.

It’s really exciting to see the full Nintendo Switch system coming together. As more and more of the features and amenities are fleshed out, the more and more attractive the console will be for even more people around the world. Nintendo is already setting personal records for sales with the Nintendo Switch, and as it becomes even better, it will appeal to the masses that much more.

Are you excited to experience the full scale online service? Are you pleased with the pricing model? Will you subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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