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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Splatoon Showdown Series Coming in November

Nintendo has partnered with the eSports platform Battlefy, and they have set a series of online Splatoon tournaments for every weekend in November, called the Splatoon Showdown Series. This move seems to be yet another in the string of steps that Nintendo has made in their embracing of the eSports scene, especially when it comes to the smash-hit Splatoon.

Each weekend, the tournament will feature a different mode of competition, starting in the first weekend with Turf Wars. After that the modes will shift to Tower Control, Splat Zones, and finally Rainmaker. Nintendo has sponsored several Splatoon eSports tournaments over the last couple of years, and most have been overseas in Japan, but now we have the opportunity here in the states to participate.

I have actually never heard of Battlfy before, but this concept has such a natural feel to it, that I am flat-out excited about it, and the possibilities. For those who are unaware,

Battlefy is an eSports management tool focused on building infrastructure for tournament organizers.

One of the most intriguing things about this Series is the fact that participants can compete in the tournament and not all have to be in a single location. Obviously, players will definitely want to make sure their internet connections are solid, but boy the possibilities are endless. Imagine competing in a Nintendo-sanctioned tournament for prizes, and doing so comfortably from your home without the hassle of traveling to different venues. Amazing!

What are the possibilities you see in this partnership between Nintendo and Battlefy? Do you think you will compete in any of the tournaments? Have you ever participated in any other Battlfy tournaments? Had you ever heard of them before?

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


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Nintendo is Helping You Save Money

Beginning today at Noon EDT/9am PDT, Nintendo digital customers have the opportunity to save big on their purchases of select high quality titles. This sale is set to run through December 2, 11:59am EDT/8:59am PDT.

You’ll save up to 50% on dozens of the best-reviewed games for the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Prices start under $5, so it’s easy to add even more fun to your holiday season.

Get ready for even more savings and deals from various sources, whether they are retail stores or the Big N, themselves. Happy Holidays!

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


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SplatNet is now LIVE in North America

Nintendo of America has shared that North American Splatoon players can now access SplatNet to check the playing status of their friends through the online interface.

SplatNet was already released in Japan, where JP players have been able to know when their friends were available to play. Be sure to login to the site with your NNID, and see who is playing. The site also allows users to link their Twitter accounts to the SplatNet. This would obviously allow others to know when players begin their Splatoon play.

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