Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Nintendo Details Switch Online Service, Plans to Launch in 2018

Xbox E3 Survey Asks If Gamers Are Interested in Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic Edition Microsoft Xbox survey refers to 'Nintendo SNES Classic Edition' announcement at E3 2017
Clarence Schmidt | 03 June, 2017, 02:18

For years, Nintendo has demurred.

What does Nintendo Switch Online get you? The consumers who're willing to continue to enjoy the aforementioned services will have to shell out $3.99 for a month's membership, $7.99 for bagging a subscription for three months, and $19.99 for an year worth's of subscription.

This included a range of known consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, as well as the SNES Classic Mini. It can also be taken on-the-go (right).

Whatever happens, you can bet £5 they'll sell out fast which means you won't want to hang about when they go on sale, otherwise you'll once again be paying top price for a scalpers SNES off eBay.

Nintendo also notes that subscribers may be privy to discounts on select digital games and content. "3", "Dr. Mario" and "Balloon Fight", but more are coming.

Its likely that Microsoft knows as much as we do about a SNES Classic Edition aka SNES Mini as we do, but given how successful the NES Mini was, it can not be ruled out. The app can be used to chat with your other Switch-owning friends, invite them to play a game online, and set "play appointments". We have nothing further to announce at this time.

In addition to 30 built-in NES games, the device comes with an authentic classic controller that plugs into the console, a HDMI cable for TVs and a USB cable for powering the system. Bizarrely, though, voice chat and lobby features will only be accessible through a dedicated smartphone app.

Online services are the crucial flaw of the Nintendo Switch.

PlayStation 4's and Xbox One's built-in voice chat is both a blessing and a curse.

Rumours have been swirling for some months that Nintendo would release a SNES mini later this year and the topic came up during a recent investors Q&A last month.

Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. Retailers have been struggling to keep the Switch in stock for more than a few hours even months after its launch, a trend that suggests Nintendo's new console will remain relevant well after its initial release hype has died down.

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