Nintendo have never really had a huge share in the online gaming market. Their online services were fairly limited as to what users could do with them.
The Switch could change all of this. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, confirmed in an interview with Nikkei that their annual service will only cost between 2,000-3,000
yen,which would be somewhere in the region of $17.60 to $26.40 in the US. “With paid [services], we will be able to fully commit to customers,” said Kimishima. Nintendo’s pricing is coming in at under half the cost of Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus memberships, which both cost $59.99 per year. Props to Nintendo on this.
For the Switch, Nintendo is introducing a smartphone app as well as monthly downloads of classic games, namely titles from the beloved NES and SNES. It will offer one title from either classic console every month. Each title will only be available to play for that specific month though, which is disappointing.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima also stated that the company would be looking into adding VR functionality to the Switch at a later date, after a few more creases have been ironed out: “If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another,”, exciting stuff. The president also said that Nintendo is planning to release two or three smartphone games in the fiscal year ending March 2018, which we imagine will be greatly received, given the success that Super Mario Run has achieved.
Good news seems to just keep on coming for the Switch. Roll on March 3rd.