Nintendo Switch Online Will Be Paid Service Starting Fall, 2017
Nintendo Switch Online
(Last Updated On: January 13, 2017)

Nintendo announced during their live-stream presentation in Tokyo, Japan that the Nintendo Switch will have a fully functional online multiplayer component. In addition to this the service will be free during the launch of the Nintendo Switch starting March 3rd, where free trials will be available to newcomers, but starting in the fall you’ll have to pay to play Nintendo Switch games online.

The news was rolled out on the official Nintendo Switch website, where they announce that gamers will have to put some real life money into the coffers of the Big ‘N’ if they want to keep gaming online on the Nintendo Switch. You’ll have up until fall of 2017 to enjoy the online service for free.

Certain other features will also continue to remain free, as outlined in the press sheet below that was shared by gaming industry sales analyst, Daniel Ahmed.

What’s interesting is that if you pay for the premium version of the Nintendo Switch’s online service, you’ll get to game online, utilize online lobby and voice chat applications, get a free monthly download of an NES or SNES game, as well as exclusive discount deals.

If you don’t pay for the service, you’ll be stuck with the ghetto version of Nintendo’s online service, limited to the Nintendo eShop so you can buy digital games, register and manage your friends list (but you won’t be able to voice chat with them), share screenshots to social media using the Nintendo Switch’s share button, and access the Nintendo Switch parental controls app.

I’m curious if other third-party apps will be locked behind a paywall or if you’ll be able to access them for free? Microsoft tried that with Xbox Live Gold at one point, forcing people to have to pay to access stuff like Netflix and Hulu, but after enough of a backlash they removed that restriction. Sony has also enabled people to access the apps on the PS4 without requiring a premium PS Plus account.

I’m sure Nintendo will clarify the details either during the launch of the Nintendo Switch or during their next big event, presumably at E3 later this year.

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  • Alistair

    Yup you have to pay further for Big N censored games.

    But it follows the trend like Xbox gold and PlayStation plus. ninety give 1 free game don’t think it will be enough.

  • giygas

    My decision to never buy another Nintendo product has been reaffirmed. Rest in pieces.

  • Reven

    I’m kind of on the fence about this right now considering we don’t know how the new online structure of the system will be. That was the biggest negative to come out of the thing for me, but at the same time, it’s the same on PS4/Xbox One and I don’t hear people complain about them that often. So I’ll wait and see.

    • it’s the same on PS4/Xbox One and I don’t hear people complain about them that often. So I’ll wait and see.

      Smart people don’t complain, they just use Steam instead.

  • Disqusted

    “Nintendo Switch will be fail service starting fail”.

  • TheChosen

    Consoles are dead guys…Hahahaha. Oh lord. Now Nintendo has really lost me. one of their last customers…And what happens if i leave a company, that i bought every console & handheld from the past (and lots of games per year, i buy 20-30 games per year for 2 Nintendo-platforms)…

    Oh Nintendo. You are clearly dead now. Kimishima has taken over. And it shows! The show must go on you think, but it´ll only get worse from now on.

  • AceOfAces_Mod

    It’s a shame that you have to pay for online multiplayer. This could allow Switch to place bigger pressure to PS4 and Xbox One. They have some really interesting lineup for the console (a more advanced boxing game? Sign me up. A pseudo 3D RPG game with a 2.5D camera? Add it to my wish list).

  • I remember reading somewhere that Nintendo wouldn’t charge you to play online games, as they thought that people shouldn’t have to pay for access for a part of a game you have already paid for.

    I don’t know if that was what they exactly said, but it had something to do with how Sony and Microsoft charge people to be able to play online against people.

    • fenrif

      And then the headhoncho at Nintendo died and the shareholders started getting their way. It’s why they started entering the mo Ile market too.

    • Disqusted

      I remember when Nintendo wasn’t shit.

      • Ebalosus

        Yeah, the GameCube days.

  • LurkerJK

    Bad start, free online could have been a sale point

  • Sevuz

    Funny how you need to pay twice to be able to play online on consoles…

    • fenrif

      Not so much funny as depressing.