Nintendo Switch’s online service will cost users $20 a year and is set to roll out sometime in 2018, Nintendo has said. Playing games online will remain free until the service is introduced.
When the service launches in 2018 players will have the option to choose from 3 different plans – 1-month, 3-month or 12-month, with the latter costing $19.99.
Nintendo will also launch a smartphone app alongside its online service next year, allowing players to invite friends, set up gaming sessions, or chat using Switch’s second screen. Players will get a glimpse of the new feature this summer when Nintendo makes a free, limited version of the app available to all players.
Playing games will remain free until the service comes online in 2018, following that, players will require an active subscription to access online multiplayer. With a paid subscription, players will have full access to many of Nintendo’s classic back catalogue, with updates to support multiplayer on Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo confirmed via Kotaku that Switch will not adopt a similar monthly feature like Sony’s PS Plus but will instead feature a library of games for all subscribers. “Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription,” a spokesperson told Kotaku.
At this time it is unclear which titles will be made available to players from that library with Nintendo advertising 3 games, Super Mario Bros 3, Ballon Fight and Dr. Mario on its official website.
Nintendo Switch Online will cost $3.99, $7.99 or $19.99 when the service rolls out in 2018.