Nintendo recently announced more information on their online service that will be available in September, which… honestly, isn’t too far away at this point. (Seriously, where is this year going?) It detailed the pricing, what exactly we’ll get with it, and the news that the virtual console is not coming to the Switch anytime soon.
Nintendo revealed a little more details about the service. First, is online gameplay. This is something we already have with certain games such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, come September, when the online services are released, we’ll no longer be able to play online unless we become a member. I mean, it’s $20 a year, so I’m certainly not complaining about that.
The price isn’t too bad, no. Twenty dollars is for the individual membership, while around thirty-five dollars is a family membership. I imagine the family membership will include all accounts on a Switch while the individual membership will be per account. Either way, the price isn’t bad at all, but it will be odd to lose the freedom of playing online after being so used to it being free at this point.
It is weird. This isn’t something I ever imagined Nintendo doing, especially since the console itself as well as the games are so expensive. People are still going to buy it though, of course. They’ll also be releasing 20 NES games at launch of the service with more games to be added “regularly.” I’m not sure how often “regularly” is going to be, but I think it’s pretty cool they’re doing that anyway. At the same time, I wonder if they’ll release SNES games, Nintendo64 games, and so on… in which case, that’s kind of like the virtual console and also… maybe no Nintendo64 classic mini?
I’m curious if the 20 NES games at launch will be switched out with the games that will be added “regularly,” or if they’ll be there for good. In which case, yes, that could be why the virtual console isn’t being planned at this point and time. It does seem cheap for the old games, if that’s what is going to happen, especially with the new cloud back-up that will be available with the service. Would you think a virtual console with the old games may be more profitable than the twenty to thirty-five dollar subscription service?
Well, I also heard as a rumor that it’s just a trial for the games. The $20 a year is like renting the games and then after a certain amount of time, Nintendo will take the games away and you’ll have to buy them if you want to keep them. I’m not sure if that’s true or not.
I think I vaguely remember that, and it may be what I mean when I was wondering if they’ll “switch” old games out every once in a while. What you just said would make more sense for Nintendo in a business sense, and may be the replacement for the virtual console. Not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand, if we’re just “renting” an old game for a while, we won’t have to pay any extra to try it out, so I suppose that’s a nice perk with the paid subscription. I believe what I really want out of this subscription is to eventually have an actual chat system rather than a smartphone app.
Yeah… I’m not too keen on having the app either. I barely have any storage left on my phone to begin with and I don’t want the battery to be wasted so quick. I mean, maybe it’ll be pretty cool once we try it, but for now, I’d rather have headsets or Discord.
I remember Discord was interested in being the main chat service for Nintendo, but as far as I know, nothing is going on between the two companies. Perhaps one day Nintendo will have a better option than the smartphone app, especially to go with the online service that people are going to pay for. I think they’ll eventually need to have a better chat service. I suppose we’ll see, but for now, I’m interested in seeing how well the online service as it is will work.