Nintendo had previously confirmed that its Switch Online service would be launching in September. However the company did not mention when exactly it would launch in September, but now it seems like we have a date to look forward to as Nintendo has confirmed that the service will officially kick off on the 18th of September.
For those unfamiliar, Nintendo’s online service will be similar to the online services offered by Sony and Microsoft for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles. It will be required for players to play their games online with other players (it won’t affect local multiplayer). It will also allow players to save their progress to the cloud (not all games will support this), give them access to a library of classic games, and more.
The upside to the Nintendo Switch Online service is that it is much cheaper than what the competition has priced their services. It will cost $20 for an entire year’s subscription, but players can opt to go month-to-month at $3.99 a month, or $7.99 for a block of three months. It is possible that in the future Nintendo could raise their prices, but as far as launch prices are concerned, it’s not too bad.
Nintendo has also announced that there will be a 7-day free trial that players can take part in if they want to get an idea of what the service is like before deciding whether or not to buy it.