Console-based online play-ability has been around since the early 2000’s, and companies like Sony and Microsoft have capitalized on a gamer’s need to slander mothers over the internet by charging a monthly, tri-monthly, or yearly fee in order to facilitate this need.
For a while Nintendo strayed away from this tactic, but they recently seemed to have changed their minds with the announcement of Nintendo Switch Online.
When Nintendo announced their plans to launch a paid subscription service for the Nintendo Switch, many fans weren’t too happy, as exchanging money for goods and services sounds like one of those foreign commie ideas.
Many assumed that it would run along the same range as Sony’s PSN and Microsoft’s Xbox Live ($10-$50).
However, a self-entitled ‘believer in Japan’ and CEO of Kantan Games, a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy group, has shed some light on the estimated price for Nintendo Switch online:
1) Just in: Nintendo president Kimishima tells the Nikkei Switch's online service will be priced at 2-3,000 yen ($17.50 – $26.50) *YEARLY*.
— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) February 1, 2017
Be warned, this announced price is in yens, so despite having a USD conversion that tickles fancies, it may not be the actual price tagged onto the service when it hits the states sometime in the fall.
Regardless, this seems very low for a yearly subscription service that will give you monthly access to a new (slightly updated) version of a classic Nintendo game.
Around $20-$30 for a 1-year subscription to their service seems like a comfortable enough amount for players to cough up after the service’s initial (FREE) launch beta test for Nintendo Switch Online.