HomeNewsNintendo CEO Kimishima Outlines Switch’s Online Pricing Alex Irish February 1, 2017 News In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima gave an outline for what users can expect to pay for the Switch’s online service (translations via Dr. Serkan Toto). The Switch’s online features will run from 2-3000 yen annually, or roughly $17.50 to $26.50 USD. This marks the Switch the first Nintendo platform that allows users to pay an annual fee for features such as online multiplayer, comparable to PlayStation Network Plus or Xbox Live. Mr. Kimishima says the subscription fee makes it easier for Nintendo to support various online features. 1) Just in: Nintendo president Kimishima tells the Nikkei Switch's online service will be priced at 2-3,000 yen ($17.50 – $26.50) *YEARLY*. — Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) February 1, 2017 2) Kimishima says the yearly fees make it easier for Nintendo to support online features such as multiplayer or downloads of classic games. — Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) February 1, 2017 The “classic games” Kimishima alludes to also refers to Nintendo’s plan to offer subscription users one free NES or Super NES game per month which may also include newly-added online play. The service for Switch’s online will launch for free later this year before switching over to a paid model in the fall. In the same interview, Kimishima also confirmed that Nintendo is “studying” VR insofar as to understand the limits of what users can play for hours without feeling uneasy. This statement supports Switch-related patents, some of which show a theoretical VR headset as a possibility. Share this post: No related posts. Nintendo Switch Bestowed Honor Of Company’s First Super Bowl AdNintendo Download Highlights For February 2ndAbout The AuthorAlex IrishEditor-in-ChiefWhen he's not writing about or playing all the great Nintendo games, Alex Irish works by day at a local book emporium, and the rest of the time, he illustrates and writes online. His favorite video game franchise is Pokemon, but his favorite video game is Resident Evil 4. He also can tell you everything about animation history, from past to present.