Nintendo Online Service Launches Today
Nintendo has spoken previously about eventually requiring users to pay for its online services, and that time has come. Starting tonight, in order to play games online, a subscription will need to be attached to an account in order to play games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, and the future Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. An updated announcement stated that the Nintendo eShop will undergo maintenance at 5:00 PM PDT/8:00 PM EDT and continue for about three hours. After that time, the eShop will be accessible, and subscriptions will be available for purchase.
Online services will be priced as follows:
- 1 Month – $3.99 USD
- 3 Months – $7.99 USD
- 12 Months – $19.99 USD
There will also be a family plan that will allow 2-8 accounts to be tied together for $34.99.
This is the least expensive online service that is available right now, with Xbox Live and PSN subscriptions running at $59.99 each. The service will include more than just online play, including:
- NES Classic titles, which will be reworked slightly to be playable in multiplayer mode online.
- Cloud save data.
- a smartphone app that will have additional functionality dependent on the game.
- special offers that only subscribers will have access to.
The first set of special offers includes a set of wireless joycons shaped like NES Controllers that can charge connected to the Switch and outfits for Splatoon 2. This is the first time Nintendo has charged consumers to utilize online play since it’s been available on the Wii.