Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Nintendo narrows down Switch Online launch to the 'second half of September'

Nintendo Switch Online Is Coming In Late September But Nintendo Still Won’t Lock In A Date Shannon Grixti Nintendo Switch Online Is Coming In Late September But Nintendo Still Won’t Lock In A Date Shannon Grixti
Sherri Watson | 13 August, 2018, 03:53

We're coming up on a year and a half since the Nintendo Switch first launch, and yet the console still doesn't have a dedicated online service. Nintendo's NES Classic Mini console managed to take the number one spot for the number of sales in July, surpassing any current-gen console on the market. Will you be subscribing to the service or are you fine playing local multiplayer?

Of course, there's always a chance that Nintendo goes on to add the Switch Online disclaimer before the service goes live, but that possibility seems relatively low at this point. The Nintendo Switch Online service will be providing gamers online play for titles such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, Super Smash Bros. This helps in retrieving the game data if somehow the system gets lost or start the game with a new one. The dedicated app for the service is also available to download right now, but it's useless at best and terrible at worst.

As you might expect some people are rather annoyed that online play, which is free at present, is going to be locked behind a paywall. Family memberships are also available, costing £31.49 a year, and letting up to eight accounts access the service. The company has responded to Niche Gamer with a clarification regarding online-supported games, and whether they require a subscription or not. And we still don't know whether it'll be needed to play free-to-play multiplayer games on the system, including the likes of Fortnite.