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Nintendo Switch Online To Launch Tuesday, Start Charging September 25

by Donald Theriault - September 12, 2018, 7:18 am PDT
Total comments: 36 Source: Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch Online is landing on Tuesday.

The online service has been confirmed for a September 18 launch date. All users will receive a seven day free trial.

More details about the service will be revealed in the Nintendo Direct tomorrow.

Talkback

AdrockSeptember 12, 2018

Cutting it a little close, Nintendo.

broodwarsSeptember 12, 2018

Considering the service's pathetic & inconsistently supported  feature set so far, I find myself echoing the teacher in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure:

"Oh, and Nintendo? That Direct of yours had better be REALLY special."

We still know only 10 of the 20 NES games being "offered" at launch, right? 

I hate admitting it, but i'll probably be biting the bullet and paying for the subscription at launch.  I play just enough MarioKart and Splatoon online to justify the $20/year.

That coupled with Smash Bros in a few months...

AdrockSeptember 12, 2018

I rarely play online, but I’m willing to try Nintendo Switch Online for $20 a year.

Mop it upSeptember 12, 2018

My friend is actually going to buy a family account and add on several friends to it which includes me, so I won't actually be paying for it myself. Not with money anyway...

AdrockSeptember 12, 2018

Quote from: Mop

My friend is actually going to buy a family account and add on several friends to it which includes me, so I won't actually be paying for it myself. Not with money anyway...

That’s weirdly vague. My mind went to drugs first.

A friend suggested going in on a family account. I passed since I wasn’t sure if my Switch/account can be split from the account holder’s if I ever wanted to just have one on my own in the future.

StratosSeptember 12, 2018

Know it's Mop it up I presumed the service would be paid for in free house cleaning and floor mopping!

I'll be day one since it's a reasonable price and I really want the cloud saves. I'm also banking on more features coming in the near future. Universal voice chat would be great.

ShyGuySeptember 12, 2018

Is this the biggest mistake Nintendo has made since the launch of the Switch?

KhushrenadaSeptember 12, 2018

Quote from: Stratos

Know it's Mop it up I presumed the service would be paid for in free house cleaning and floor mopping!

Not according to the Vice Squad reports I'm reading about her.

Mop it upSeptember 12, 2018

See this is how rumors get started...

Quote from: Adrock

I rarely play online, but I’m willing to try Nintendo Switch Online for $20 a year.

Is this due to lack of interest, or another reason?

nickmitchSeptember 12, 2018

Ok, seriously. What could possibly be left to talk about in the Nintendo Direct?

StratosSeptember 12, 2018

The other 10 NES games we are getting with the service launch.

SarailSeptember 12, 2018

And a new Smash character announcement, derp.

AdrockSeptember 12, 2018

Quote from: Mop

See this is how rumors get started...

I mean, you still haven’t said it isn’t drugs...

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Is this due to lack of interest, or another reason?

I strongly prefer local multiplayer because of the social aspect. Having an in-person conversation while playing adds to the shared experience. However, I haven’t lived with my brother in over a decade, and I’m in my mid-30s so most of my friends are too busy making and raising people to be bothered playing games. Is there an OkCupid but exclusively for friends?

I’m aware if I want to play multiplayer games, I’ll have to make do online due to the lack of local options. It’s sometimes difficult because I fit gaming in when I can. I don’t have a set schedule for when I’m available. It’d have to be planned ahead of time, and I’d pencil it in on my calendar. Who does that though? With friends list, people just send a message. I often play at weird hours.

I don’t really like playing against completely anonymous randos. They may as well be CPUs especially if there’s no real interaction. Nintendo has been weird with voice chat which didn’t help things on that end.

KhushrenadaSeptember 12, 2018

Quote from: nickmitch

Ok, seriously. What could possibly be left to talk about in the Nintendo Direct?

3. D. S.  stuff.

EnnerSeptember 12, 2018

Oh this is gonna be a glorious wreck. Excited! I'll probably pay for a year just to see how it pans out. Probably the family plan as well to give my buddies an in just to see.

Also, I've noticed they added 2-factor authentication to the Nintendo Account. I couldn't get it to work though.

TOPHATANT123September 13, 2018

You'd think Nintendo would have seen the negative reception they got when they announced this months ago and changed course, added some value to the subscription, so hopefully that's something that gets announced during the direct.

SorenSeptember 13, 2018

This is going to be a disaster, and in any other context it would be a complete failure. But because it's Nintendo it will still sell.

AdrockSeptember 13, 2018

People want Nintendo to succeed despite nearly two decades of ihavenoideawhatimdoingdog.jpeg when it comes to the internet. I’m setting my expectations extremely low. The price of entry is low enough to try. It’s so weird that we keep giving Nintendo chances. You’re right; it’s “because Nintendo.”

nickmitchSeptember 13, 2018

Quote from: King

Quote from: nickmitch

Ok, seriously. What could possibly be left to talk about in the Nintendo Direct?

3. D. S.  stuff.

What's a 3DS? ???

Quote from: nickmitch

Quote from: King

Quote from: nickmitch

Ok, seriously. What could possibly be left to talk about in the Nintendo Direct?

3. D. S.  stuff.

What's a 3DS? ???

Not sure, must be a typo.  Has to be talking about the 2DS....but are they still making games for those?

Mop it upSeptember 13, 2018

Quote from: Adrock

Quote from: Mop

See this is how rumors get started...

I mean, you still haven’t said it isn’t drugs...

Of course it isn't drugs!

Those cost money.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorSeptember 13, 2018

Quote from: TOPHATANT123

You'd think Nintendo would have seen the negative reception they got when they announced this months ago and changed course, added some value to the subscription, so hopefully that's something that gets announced during the direct.

Do you know Nintendo?  They don't reverse course at negative reception.  They just need to keep at it until everyone understands why they were right all along.  Or until the heat death of the universe.

KhushrenadaSeptember 13, 2018

That's right! When will people finally "please understand?!"

KhushrenadaSeptember 13, 2018

Quote from: nickmitch

What's a 3DS? ???

Quote from: lolmonade

Not sure, must be a typo.  Has to be talking about the 2DS....but are they still making games for those?

Yeah, sure, laugh it up, fuzzballs! Just you wait until the Direct when they spring that footage on you of Etrian Odyssey X and that Luigi's Mansion port. Then you'll be.... sorry?

nickmitchSeptember 13, 2018

Luigi's Mansion? Dang, if only Nintendo had an HD handheld that they could port GameCube games to. :(

broodwarsSeptember 13, 2018

Quote from: nickmitch

Luigi's Mansion? Dang, if only Nintendo had an HD handheld that they could port GameCube games to. :(

Wait...a console...that you could port games to that can virtually emulate previous consoles? You fool! That would never work! We'd better stick to rented updated ROMs of shitty NES games!  :rolleyes:

Seriously, I don't get how Nintendo thinks a rented selection of 20 mostly-terrible NES games is a selling point for this service.

KhushrenadaSeptember 13, 2018

Quote from: nickmitch

Luigi's Mansion? Dang, if only Nintendo had an HD handheld that they could port GameCube games to. :(

Told you that you'd be sorry!

nickmitchSeptember 13, 2018

Honestly, when Luigi's Mansion 3 opened the show, I immediately thought of this thread. LOL

broodwarsSeptember 13, 2018

One Direct later, and it looks like Nintendo's online service is still worthless. OK then.

LucarioSeptember 17, 2018

so let me get this straight you want me to a) pay for my OWN internet (don't give me that sony and ms do it so it makes it ok bs)
b) give me a bunch of let's face it pretty dated games for free
c) i'm paying for f*cking P2P not even a dedicated server?

EnnerSeptember 17, 2018

Ah, still a Splatoon 2 tax.

KhushrenadaSeptember 17, 2018

Honestly, it feels like Nintendo decided they should start charging for online since free online play didn't seem to be helping them gain much in sales from that stance. But then they just sort of let the market decide what to charge. As soon as it was announced that there would be paid online, within a week people were throwing out the amount of $20 per year and then people were like, well, I guess that's not TOO bad. Did Nintendo really know a year and a half ago that $20.00 would be the price yet still had so many other details of the service undecided that they still don't even know what they special offers will be? It just seems like the internet reached a consensus of $20.00 and then Nintendo decided to just run with it to compete against the higher cost of MS and PS services.

Internet should have tried to bargain more. Maybe we could have got it down to Nintendo paying us $20.00 a year to use their voice app.

LucarioSeptember 18, 2018

I would be fine with it if each game had a dedicated server, you know like EVERY sony and ms game? but no, it's still peer2peer.

Quote from: Lucario

I would be fine with it if each game had a dedicated server, you know like EVERY sony and ms game? but no, it's still peer2peer.

Lots of PlayStation and Xbox games are peer-to-peer.

LucarioSeptember 20, 2018

you know what i mean, nintendo has NO dedicated servers. It's like they aren't even trying.

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