Nintendo held its latest financial briefing yesterday. A lot of details came out of that presentation, and one announcement, in particular, has sent shockwaves through the Nintendo community: the launch of Switch Online.
Switch Online is a new subscription-based network service from Nintendo similar to that of the PlayStation Network on PS4 and Xbox Live on Xbox One. The service was supposed to have launched since last year, but was pushed back until this year. Nintendo confirmed yesterday that the launch will occur in September. Virtually no extra details were given, but Takashi Mochizuki, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, was present at the meeting and was able to get a quote that was not included in the official presentation outline.
According to Mochizuki’s quote, Nintendo is “preparing some attractive (contents or programs) for subscription-based online membership.” His quote also reconfirmed that more details about Switch Online will be provided later this year.
The Switch’s current network infrastructure is rather basic. This quote suggests that the full Switch Online experience will be far more robust than what we currently have. It needs to be considering how far along the aforementioned PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services already are.