Hey everyone, and a warm welcome back to my computers and electronics blog. I haven’t had much time to post lately, thanks to getting a launch version of the Nintendo Switch a couple months ago. I love this machine, it allows you to play anywhere in your house (or somewhere else entirely for that matter) and the whole console is extremely user friendly and easy to master. Plus, Nintendo has finally nailed online play. Not only have they managed to make a great console that works for home and mobile gaming, they have an online service that people want to use and at the moment, is free. But according to a new announcement from Nintendo, this freebie will not last long.
We all knew that the online service for the Nintendo Switch was not going to stay free forever. Nintendo has made this very clear from the beginning, and thanks to their latest announcement we finally have a bit more information. The service will continue to be free for the remainder of 2017, and for part of 2018. Sometime at the point of 2018 however a fee will be introduced of $19.99 a year, which to me seems like a bargain compared to Playstation Network and Xbox Live. You can also get one and six month memberships for $3.99 and $7.99 respectively if you want to try the service out first. For your $20 yearly fee, you will continue to get online multiplayer as well as access to a dedicated app that can be downloaded onto your smart device. Nintendo plans to sweeten the deal even more by offering access to a compilation of classic titles with added online playability. So far these titles include Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario with more to be added next year. Nintendo is grabbing the baseball bat and hitting it out of the arena with this one.