It's been a while since we last heard about Nintendo's new online service that was supposed to hit with the Nintendo Switch console in March. While the service was originally slated to release in the Fall of 2017, there was going to be an early access period in March. The latest details however have the service launching in 2018. No set period of 2018 is mentioned either, which is somewhat disappointing, though it will likely be in the early half of the year, but at least we can console our selves with the fact that it will only set us back $20 a year.
Yep, unlike Playstation and Xbox, the Nintendo Switch Online service will cost us a third of the price.
As reported by Kotaku earlier this evening, you can also get a one-month subscription for $4 and a three-month subscription for $8.
Voice chat and online lobby features won't be available on the Switch, but rather through a smartphone app that will launch this summer. "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," the company says. "A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017."
Nintendo Switch Online includes ongoing access to a library of classic games you can take anywhere! pic.twitter.com/TtRKcImCiS
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 2, 2017