Nintendo Switch online services include iPhone-based in-game chat, costs $20 per year

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in General Discussion edited June 2017
Owners of the Nintendo Switch will have to pay a fee for online services in 2018, with subscribers to the currently-free service receiving access to a selection of classic Nintendo games and smartphone-based voice chat with others as part of the deal, a service which will cost $20 per year.




For the moment, Switch owners can play co-op and competitive multiplayer games on the portable console, by signing into their Nintendo Account, at no charge. When the online services subscription launches next year, most Switch games will require the paid subscription in order to play against others over the Internet.

Aside from allowing players to go online with their consoles, the subscription will also offer exclusive discounts to select digital games and content through the Nintendo eShop. The Classic Game Selection, also part of the subscription, will let subscribers download older, well-known titles from Nintendo's history to play, including "Super Mario Bros. 3," "Balloon Fight," and "Dr. Mario."

Lastly, the service will introduce a mobile app that will facilitate communication between players around the console. The app will connect the iPhone to the Switch and the player's account, and will help them invite others to play games, set up play appointments, and handle voice chat during online matches in certain games.




While the companion app will be a main feature of the paid subscription, Nintendo advises a limited version of the app will be available to download this summer, though it is unclear what exactly will be usable when it ships.

Non-subscribers will still be able to access standard online features without paying the extra fee, including system and game updates, screenshot sharing, friend registration and management, access to the Nintendo eShop, and the parental controls app.

Nintendo's service will cost $19.99 annually per account when it launches, with three-month and one-month memberships priced at $7.99 and $3.99 each. By comparison, Sony and Microsoft's own respective online service subscriptions cost more, but they also offer users access to a number of "free" games each month, titles more recently released than the largely NES-based games offered for the Switch's plan.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    dal087dal087 Posts: 2member
    Don't get me wrong, I love a good Nintendo story but it is a bit of a stretch to have this as an "Apple" story. The App is not iPhone exclusive.
    calijbdragon
  • Reply 2 of 9
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,005member
    I don't believe Hue or Nest or Sonos are Apple-exclusive, but I still enjoy keeping up on them because they're items in my ecosystem. What do I care if they can also be used elsewhere?
    edited June 2017 Soli
  • Reply 3 of 9
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    What a mess....
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,642administrator
    dal087 said:
    Don't get me wrong, I love a good Nintendo story but it is a bit of a stretch to have this as an "Apple" story. The App is not iPhone exclusive.
    Nor are Thunderbolt 3 or most HomeKit-compatible peripherals, but we write about those anyway.
    Soli
  • Reply 5 of 9
    CelTanCelTan Posts: 43member
    Love the Switch, Love the iPhone, combining them for no reason whatsoever ???
    Not really a great plan - sorry nintendo, not for me.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,161member
    CelTan said:
    Love the Switch, Love the iPhone, combining them for no reason whatsoever ???
    Not really a great plan - sorry nintendo, not for me.
    Did you not read the article? The App will handle voice chat. There is nothing available for the Switch that has a mic to use for voice chat. 
    Soli
  • Reply 7 of 9
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,589member
    So, their headset has to plug into a smartphone AND the switch to work, or you just use your smartphone, but then you don't hear game audio if you are using a headset. I'm not sure I can recall any offering from a console maker that has been as half assed as this. How they hell can the switch not do voice chat directly? And how does this work if it's docked? There's no headset port on the controller. did no one at Nintendo think about voice chat when they were designing the console? Total shambles as usual.
    edited June 2017
  • Reply 8 of 9
    pulseimagespulseimages Posts: 119member
    I don't understand why the Switch is selling so well with decision making like this?
    jbdragon
  • Reply 9 of 9
    raz0rraz0r Posts: 28member
    I don't understand why the Switch is selling so well with decision making like this?
    Well, I have a Switch but I don't give a monkey's toss about voice chat. I love the fact that I have a console that I can just toss in a bag or one where I don't have to be strictly sitting in front of the tv to use. That said, I can't even begin to comprehend the kinds of things they were smoking when they came up with this voice idea lol
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