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Nintendo Delays Paid Online Service to 2018

Earlier this year Nintendo announced that they would be rolling out a paid service for their newest console, the Switch. This new service, called Nintendo Switch Online, would give players access to things like online multi-player and a library of classic games.

Today the company announced that they would be pushing back that service until 2018. Online play will continue to be free for all players until the service goes live at that time. It also means that access to the library of classic games has also been delayed. One nice change to this, however, is that the company says that they will no longer restrict those games to a month of play. Now you’ll have unlimited access to the full library of games that they make available through this service and will be able to play those games for as long as you subscribe to the service. What exactly this means for the Virtual Console is still up in the air. No classic games from Nintendo have been released and the only library of older titles is the ones that are available for the Neo Geo.

Switch Online 2Pricing for the service was also confirmed. A full year of the service will only cost players $19.99. There are also one and three month subscriptions available for $3.99 and $7.99 respectively. This is a much nicer price than their competitors who both offer a subscription to their services for $59.99 for a full year. Both of those companies offer a library of games that are available for users to download for free.

Just how Nintendo’s library will compare to those is yet to be seen. Right now they will only confirm that NES games will be available and that they’re looking at possibly adding SNES games in the future. Those NES games will have new features, such as online multi-player. Titles that were confirmed in the announcement were Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.  

I expect more details for the service to be announced at E3 along with details about what will be available in the companion app, which will feature a limited launch over the summer alongside Splatoon 2.

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