Nintendo Switch news: Company discuss paid online decision
Nintendo’s decision to change up their online format and opt to move toward an online subscription service, caught a lot of fans off guard.
While the Wii U lost out heavily to both the PS4 and Xbox One, owners could at least point to not having to pay a monthly fee, like their console rivals.
However, this is all changing very soon, with Nintendo Switch’s online service arriving in Autumn.
Nintendo unveiled their new online subscription service in January, which will begin with a free trial at launch.
The service includes a smart-device application available in summer 2017 that will let users invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with one another as the play compatible games.
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The fully featured paid service will be available in autumn and is also set to offer free classic games each month, much in the same way Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus function.
However, the key difference is that these games will only be available for a limited time and will then be swapped out each month for other classic titles.
Since then, Famitsu has talked with Nintendo executives Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi on the subject, which has now been transcribed into English.
And one of the key takeaways from the lengthy interview is why Nintendo have decided to change the way they provide multiplayer services to fans.
“We decided to charge for the service because we are concerned with customer satisfaction,” Takahashi said.
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“We’ll be maintaining the online service and providing new services that we haven’t had up until now, and there are costs associated with those.
“We’d also like to maintain a stable playing experience and provide proper support.
“We are working to prepare all of the features until the service begins in the fall of 2017, and details on the service will be available at a later time.”
It will be interesting to find out just what these other unannounced services Nintendo are preparing to offer, turn out to be.
There has been some speculation over how the new Virtual Console feature will work on the Nintendo Switch, with some fans questioning why it's taking so long to learn more.
It’s possible that there will be some kind of link between the online subscription and VC feature, although Nintendo have yet to reveal anything further on the subject.