The founder of Mario and Zelda finally decided to provide a deeper and more powerful online service.
The service will be a paid service in Fall 2017. There’s been such a big debate took place on Nintendo fanbase on whether the decision is right or wrong.
Piers Harding-Rolls, Technology and lead games sector analyst at IHS (information Handling Services) Markit, said that the new service of Nintendo completely valuable from a financial standpoint as Microsoft and Sony made a huge revenure from online users subscription in past year. He also mentioned that it will be a bit diffcult to attract the average Nintendo gamer.
The details of the online service has been published on the official Switch website. When the new console launches the online play will be available free to use with the following features:
“You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. The service will be provided free of cost for the Nintendo’s account holders until our paid online service launches in fall 2017.
After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online.This service is only for Switch. It does not affect Wii U or 3DS systems or online play”
After Fall 2017 when the online paid service is launched these new features will be added:
“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.
Monthly game download
Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.
Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content”.