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Nintendo: Our next announcement will be worth the wait

Nintendo's Kimishima teases online announcement.

  • Text: Jonas Mäki

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Even though most things regarding Switch have been very positive and surpassed expectations, people weren't very impressed when Nintendo revealed their plans for the online service for the console, which was supposed to launch fall 2017. That included a retro game on loan for a month, an overly complicated way for voice chat and a fee of $20 per year.

All this has been severely delayed however and now Nintendo says their online service will be released sometime during 2018 instead. This likely because they have decided to remake huge parts of what was originally planned after player feedback, and also since they now know they have a huge success on their hands.

In a recent Q&A for the investors, the Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has shared at least some light on all this, and it looks like Nintendo is working on something big:

"We view the online service as one component of our efforts to diversity how our games are played and to get people to play more of our games. That is why we want to apply substantial resources to the online service, with the thinking that we will devote our energies to making this a for-pay service."

Judging from what he has to say, it sounds like it might differ from PSN and Xbox Live:

"It is less about the mechanism and more a question of what kinds of products we can offer, and the spread of the service will depend on whether consumers want what we offer. Please give us a bit more time to announce more details about the service. I think that announcement will convey to you how we plan to popularise the service."

Finally, Takahashi says we all have something to look forward to by making a pretty bold statement:

"We have some ideas about how to make Nintendo Switch Online appealing when it becomes a for-pay service, so I think our next announcement will be worth the wait."

What do you expect Nintendo will do with the Switch online service, and do you think they'll stick to their original pricing of $20 per year?

Thanks, Gamespot.