Switch Online Services Priced in Japan

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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Nintendo Switch

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima announced to Nikkei that the online service for the Nintendo Switch will cost around 2,000 to 3,000 yen a year. In U.S. currency, that translates to $17.50 and $26.50 a year. It is unclear, though, if the pricing will be similar in different countries.  However, everyone will have a free trial until this fall.

The fee is to make it easier for Nintendo to support online multiplayer and classic game downloads. Here are some of the paid online features the Switch will have:

  • Online gameplay
  • Online lobby and chat
  • Monthly game download
  • Exclusive deals

Of course, there are free features, such as access to the Nintendo eShop, friends management, screenshot sharing, and parental controls.


About Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper graduated Ball State University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Professional Writing. Originally joining Operation Rainfall as an anime news writer, he also writes gaming news and dabbles in reviews. His one true love in life is Xenosaga, and he prays daily for a fourth game.

  • *insert PC master race free online features bait argument here*

  • Shadowstrike

    You all know this is a terrible online system. Think of all the features they are missing for one moment. Sure it’s cheap but the only games Nintendo will have online is smash,Mario kart,splatoon

  • ArtIristic

    Eh. I’m gonna enjoy the free trial for Splatoon and see if it’s worth putting money in.

    • Panpopo

      I think that is what most people will do. I wonder if there will be a significant playerbase drop once the free period is up, or if it will not be noticable. It will be interesting to see.

  • Mr0303

    At least it’s cheap, so that may sell it to some people. The monthly offering is still not a good deal.

  • Paying to play online is a scam no matter the system.

  • TCgamerboy2002

    So far, Japan has it easy. Hopefully, it won’t be too expensive stateside.

  • Astro

    Well they were smart enough to make it cheaper than PS4/PS3’s and XBone’s online services at least. In fact $17~265 dollars for an entire year is a huge improvement over those. Sure, free is best. But it’d be pretty easy to justify dropping a mere $20-ish dollars for an entire year, even if you don’t play online all the time. Pretty clever of Nintendo.