Nintendo CEO Kimishima Outlines Switch’s Online Pricing

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.

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.

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