After months of conjecture based on a handful of details, Nintendo finally announced their full intentions with their upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service, launching in September of this year.
The service will allow continued access to multiplayer games as well as Save Data Cloud Backup (finally!) and access to a growing library of classic NES games with “added online play.”
The pricing for the plans start at $3.99 for 1 month with $7.99/3-month and $19.99/year options. Compared to other online subscriptions like Playstation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, both $59.99/year, it’s a fairly easy fee to swallow.
However, it does seem that Nintendo is going to stick with their smartphone app to connect players to in-game chat sessions. This heavy reliance on an external phone and app is baffling, but then again, online gaming isn’t really Nintendo’s forte. Hopefully, they can learn some lessons and adapt along the way.
You can read more about the upcoming service on Nintendo’s website.