Earlier this year Nintendo unveiled more details about the Nintendo Switch including that online services will now come at a cost, though not until The Fall.
With Microsoft and Sony both requiring users to subscribe to play online, this really didn’t come as much of a surprise from Nintendo, however, up until this point we don’t know how much these services will cost.
Now, thanks to Japanese paper Nikkei, we know roughly how much it’ll cost us per year to play multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch.
According to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the Nintendo Switch online services will cost ¥2,000-¥3,000, which is around £14-£21 per year. For that players will get “enhanced” features, like multiplayer, and an access to a library of complementary games per month from NES and SNES libraries.
In comparison, players who own an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 are required to pay £39.99 and a year, which seems pretty expensive compared to £14/£21.
That being said, players can also choose to pay for these services on a per-month basis, which does work out more expensive, but is easier to manage. There’s currently no word on whether Nintendo will offer a monthly subscription to its services.
So far Nintendo seem to be on a roll with the Switch, they’ve finally removed region locking, the online services aren’t that expensive, and the console overall looks pretty neat.
The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3.