Online services for Nintendo Switch to cost between $17 and $27 annually
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Raymond Bakker
Saturday February 4th 2017 - 11:27 GMT
Online services for Nintendo Switch to cost between $17 and $27 annually
by
Raymond Bakker
Saturday 4 February 2017 - 11:27 GMT

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has given an estimated price for the online subscription service included in the Nintendo Switch. The service will be required to play games online.


In an interview with the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Kimishima states that the price for the subscription service will be between ¥2000 Yen and ¥3000 Yen annually, which roughly converts to $17 USD and $27 USD respectively.
Gamers that want to play Nintendo Switch games online will be required to pay the yearly subscription fee to connect to the multiplayer servers.

According to Kimishima the subscription fee is used to make it easier for Nintendo to support online features such as multiplayer and downloads of classic games in the future.

When the handheld console launches on March 3rd 2017 all online features will be available for free for a limited time only. The subscription fee will go in affect in the fall of this year.

Nintendo has not yet released a full list of features that will be locked away behind the the subscription fee, but online multiplayer has been confirmed to be included. Subscribers of the service are also expected to get a free classic game every per month.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia, covering the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality, IT news and legal news. He has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.