We previously touched a little on Nintendo’s plans for the Nintendo Switch Online service. But lets really dig into it today.
What’s the story with Nintendo Switch Online?
Nintendo has always had sub-par online service. When Nintendo were first working on an online service for the Wii U, they held a meeting with third party developers to discuss online interaction on games. But these third party developers soon realized that Nintendo had no idea how Xbox Live and Playstation Network worked since no one at Nintendo used those consoles. Even though Nintendo did launch their online service Nintendo Network it was nowhere near as good s it’s contenders.
But this is a new age, and Nintendo seem to be hitting every mark with the Switch. Details for the Nintendo Switch Online service first emerged in June 2017. What players wee surprised to hear was that the online service was to be free up until 2018. From then onward it would be $20/year. This price is much lower than that of it’s competition.
Nintendo Switch Online Smartphone App
The Nintendo Switch Online service is coming 2018. Nintendo has allowed players to use it for free up until then. The only game supported, however is Splatoon 2 which is coming out July 21. Nintendo will also release a smartphone app along with the service. This app will allow players to access games on the go. The app will let you you view stats on games and sent invitations to other players to play with you. You’ll be notified immediately if someone has invited you through your phones push notification system.
The app will also act as a voice chat front. So in theory you can attach any headset/headphones with your phone and talk to friends through it. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Splatoon 2 will be the first game compatible with this app. Through the Nintendo Switch Online app you will be able to access SplatNet2 and view your stats and the like.
Nintendo has learned a lot from Super Mario Run, it seems. The app will be available for iOS and Android on July 21.
Nintendo Switch Online Pricing
Pricing is way below what you would expect. Nintendo is currently offering three memberships:
- 1 month membership for $3.99
- 3 month membership for $7.99
- 12 month membership for $19.99
*All prices are in USD
Here are all the details about what you will be getting with Nintendo Switch Online:
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