One of the changes that Nintendo made to its business model with the Switch was introduce a paid online subscription service. This means that unlike in the past where gamers could play online against each other for free, Switch gamers who want to enjoy internet multiplayer will need to pay for the online service.

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While this is a change, it’s not new as other companies such as Sony and Microsoft have long adopted that model. Naturally there are some differences between the services in terms of features being offered and whatnot, but if you were hoping that Nintendo could follow in the footsteps of its competitors, think again. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes in an interview that Nintendo prides itself in doing things differently, and that players shouldn’t expect them to mirror the competition.

According to Fils-Aime, “Nintendo as a company prides itself on doing things differently. So, don’t expect us to simply mirror what others do. We’ll look to provide unique elements, elements that other players in the space aren’t considering. That’s going to be a key area of focus for us. In terms of the legacy content, we’ve said that our focus right now is for NES content. And that’s what we’ll continue to push on. We’re always looking for ways to make the subscription offer more meaningful to consumers, so stayed tuned as those plans continue to evolve.”

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