Nintendo’s upcoming subscription-based network Switch Online will be finally launching in September. Nintendo hasn’t spoken much about it even at this point, but some executives did comment on it during the company’s recent investor’s briefing.
According to now former President Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo is going to “further improve the content for services…to make it [Switch Online] worth paying for.” Director/Managing Executive Officer, Shinya Takahashi, also commented on Switch Online. He confirmed that more details about Switch Online is going to be shared as the service nears its launch date.
Many Switch owners have been naturally concerned about how robust the new service is going to be, especially when compared to that of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. While Switch Online will be far less expensive than those services (on top of being cheaper than most subscription services in general), people are still going to be swayed by whether or not it’s actually good. So, this was a good question from the attendees. Speaking of which, here’s the full discussion about Switch Online.
Q8 – Regarding Nintendo Switch Online being a paid service. There are still only a few titles for Nintendo Switch that are primarily played online. I assume that online play becoming a paid service will have an adverse effect on the number of users in games like Splatoon 2, so could you explain the factors that went into your decision to monetize online features?
Nintendo Switch Online will allow individual users to participate in competitive and cooperative online play for 300 yen for one month and 2,400 yen for one year. They will also be able to use a smart-device application in which you can meet up with your friends in the online lounge and use voice chat during online play, play their favorite NES games online, and back up their save data so they will be ready in case anything happens to it. We want to further improve the content for services, such as those you mentioned, to make it worth paying for.
Q14 – How are you planning to spread awareness about Nintendo Switch Online becoming a
paid-service? Will you do something using existing titles? Or do you have something planned
in Nintendo Switch Online itself? Please explain to whatever extent you are able to share.
We should be able to give you a little more information as we get closer to the official launch in September. Our aim is to provide consumers with variety of ways to play and the ability to use the system in a more convenient way. I will have to ask for your patience until we are ready to discuss any further details.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.