The Nintendo Switch Online service is cheaper than PS4 and Xbox One rivals
Nintendo Switch Online fully launches in 2018, although there will be a period of free membership offered.
Online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid online service launches next year and will not affect existing consoles, such as the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
The price point of membership has also been revealed and will include three different options:
- 1 month costing – $4
- 3 months costing – $8
- 12 months costing – $20
While this is substantially lower than other rival console services, this is likely due to to a couple of different factors, the biggest being games.
“Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario,” a statement from Nintendo explains.
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Nintendo has confirmed that the limit on classic games first confirmed back in January is not being implemented.
"Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play," a spokesperson told Gamespot.
"Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription."
However, both the PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold services include a range of games given away each month as part of their subscription.
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This includes both past and present consoles, Xbox One owners can even play classic Xbox 360 games via Backwards Compatibility.
The Nintendo Switch will not share the same feature, although as stated above, the classic games library will avoid monthly limits.
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The Japanese games giant has yet to announce whether this new library of classic titles is set to replace the popular Virtual Console, or will somehow mesh with it as an additional option.
Other features included are online gameplay and chat functions, as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system via your linked Nintendo Account
"Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device.
“A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.”