Last month it was reported that plans of Nintendo’s online service was expected to be revealed this month, and sure enough it has as Nintendo has since published details about the upcoming online service on its website. This includes pricing as well as the various features that gamers could expect from it.

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Firstly we know that Nintendo plans on launching the service this year and its pricing had also been previously revealed. However just to recap, the service will cost gamers $19.99 for one whole year, but alternatively they can purchase monthly subscriptions at $3.99 a month or $7.99 in blocks of 3 months. However ultimately it does add up to be much cheaper than what the competition is offering.

So the question is, while it might be cheaper, is it worth it? According to Nintendo, purchasing a subscription to the Switch’s online service will give gamers access to a bunch of NES games that support online play. There will be 20 titles at launch and more will be added over time. In a way this is similar to what Microsoft offers with its Games with Gold feature, although admittedly Nintendo’s offerings are considerably older.

There will also be special offers and deals for subscribers and data cloud backup. As it stands games are still free to enjoy online, but in the future if you’re hoping to play games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or the upcoming Super Smash Bros. online, then you’ll need to subscribe to the upcoming service which is currently set for a launch in September 2018.

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