If you’re one of the many Nintendo Switch owners, enjoy playing online for free while you can, because it will soon cost you a pretty penny.
Nintendo announced earlier today that their long-promised online service for the Switch, creatively called “Nintendo Switch Online,” is arriving this year. The service is expected to launch this coming September and will cost $3.99 a month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 per year, according to the official Nintendo Online service page.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
Nintendo’s two major console producing competitors, Microsoft and Sony, both have offered an online premium subscription for quite some time now, but this will be a first for the Japanese giant, whose prices are much less than the rest of the market’s.
Besides giving you access to online play, Nintendo Switch Online will offer up “a compilation of classic titles” every month. These games — like Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario — will only be available to play for each month they are active, unlike PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold, which actually allow you to keep the games along as you stay a subscriber. Nintendo Switch Online will also reportedly add online features, such as leaderboards and online multiplayer, to older 8 and 16-bit games where applicable.
This news comes off the back of a huge week for Nintendo after the company announced that the Switch has surpassed its predecessor console the Wii U. Nintendo also confirmed a further venture into the mobile market space with Mario Kart for smartphones, and revealed plans for an animated Super Mario movie that’s being developed in partnership with the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions.