Nintendo’s online service finally has a release date. According to a post made on the official Nintendo Twitter page, the service will launch sometime in September of 2018.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
This Twitter update was very brief and gave little in the way of details about the service. However, we do know a few details about the service thanks to previous statements from Nintendo. We, of course, know that there will be three different subscription plans for the online service. A month subscription will be $3.99, a three-month plan will be $7.99, and finally, a year-long subscription will cost $19.99.
This is actually quite a good deal compared to the Sony and Microsoft services that charge $59.99 for a one-year subscription. Of course, those services are very well structured and offer many perks for online gamers that we are still unsure that Nintendo will offer.
We do know, however, that Nintendo does plan to add a collection of classic games that subscribers will be able to play with newly added online features. The only games that Nintendo has officially announced for this feature are Super Mario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, and Balloon Fight. Nintendo has stated that subscribers may also receive special discounts on digital content and downloadable games.
Of course, we have already gotten a little taste of what Nintendo’s online service is like with Splatoon 2 and the Nintendo app that allows you to host in-game chat through your mobile phone. These features are currently free and will remain so until the service goes live in September. But this application is pretty clunky as it only lets you chat with your friends and not anonymous online teammates. It also requires a fully charged phone or close proximity to a phone charger, as it uses quite a bit of battery while running.
Hopefully, Nintendo will make some improvements to this system before its official launch in September. Everything else about the service seems to be shaping up to be quite the win for Nintendo with affordable pricing and access to classic games.
You can view all of the current information known about the service through the official Nintendo website. We will be sure to provide more details about Nintendo’s online service as they become available. Until then be sure to check out some more great gaming news and articles right here on WTFGamersonly.