Nintendo’s online service delayed to 2018 with new features detailed

Nintendo's online service
Previously, the service was going to launch later this year

Previously, Nintendo’s online service was the subject of quite a bit of discussion. We only knew a handful of things about the service, which was to be implemented later in 2017. However, there’s been a huge update to the status of Nintendo Switch Online. For starters, it has been delayed until some point in 2018. Additionally, some new features have been added.

Here’s the rundown:
  • Online play on Nintendo Switch will remain free until some point in 2018
  • The paid service launching in 2018 will cost $19.99 USD for a year, $7.99 for three months and $3.99 for a month
  • Online lobby and voice chat are coming as an app for smart devices
  • The free classic game per month is being removed
  • Classic Game Selection is a new feature that will give subscribers access to a library of classic games with added online play, like Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.
  • Nintendo eShop deals will give savings on games and digital content to subscribers

Well, we now have a better idea of the benefits and pricing for Nintendo Switch Online. On the other hand, it’s certainly disappointing this is being pushed back until 2018. Hopefully Nintendo explains more about this service at their E3 2017 Nintendo Direct in less than two weeks.