Nintendo Switch Online Service Launching in September

After being pushed back from 2017, today Nintendo has revealed that its upcoming subscription service for the Switch is coming in September. The online service is expected to be Nintendo’s version of the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, offering online multiplayer for a fee. The service will cost $3.99 a month, or $19.99 per year. (Since the Switch’s launch, online multiplayer has been free, but that’s expected to change once the new service rolls out.)

Outside of online play, subscribers will also get access to classic games from the company’s back catalogue, which will be updated with new features like leaderboards and multiplayer. The company plans to reveal more details about its subscription service later in the year.

The news comes as Nintendo just revealed some impressive sales numbers for the Switch; in less than a year, the tablet / console hybrid has already outsold its predecessor, the Wii U, selling more than 14 million units since launch. That momentum looks to continue as the company is set to release an ambitious new venture with its Labo line of cardboard Switch accessories.

 

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