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The Nintendo Switch’s Online Service Will Be Temporarily Free, It Becomes Paid This Fall

Fans of Nintendo’s free online services may be reluctant with this news. It was announced that Nintendo’s online service will be free, but only temporarily. This fall, their online services will require a price.

Source: Nintendo Switch Presentation

61 comments

  1. Good, this way Ninty can actually put money into there service. The PSN servers use to suck ass (an although they arent that great now) they arent horrible like they were last gen. So this will definitely help Ninty.

      1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

        You forgot whiny but not to worry as I got ya covered!

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      This is a night of new beginnings… so this will be a first. I agree with Peridot Gem! But to add my own flair to it..! Such a cancerous, whiny comment! Ask for an allowance, kiddo. Don’t fret, though. You’re a kid so I’m sure you can find plenty of friends to hang out with to play multiplayer with.

    1. ||It better be justified by a lot, and cheaper too…||

      ||Still disgusting…||

      1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

        Check out the features you get with paying for PS Plus & you’ll get a general of idea of what great things you can expect from paying for online.

        1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

          paying for online on the Great Switch!* Fixed!

          (Still working out the chinks in this new form of mine…)

        2. ||My problem with this is that some things are of no relevance to me…||

          ||Like digital discounts serve absolutely no purpose for me and so doesn’t justify the price they offer, not even when a big portion of the Sonyans do not like most of the weaponry offered each month…||

          ||I will only accept High Command’s offer if they have a 50-60% price of the Sonyan ones, or at least offer different options like if you only want online multiplayer then I should only pay for that…||

          ||Nontheless, besides that, the Switch is already better than the Wii U…||

          1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

            An option to choose to pay simply for online play & pay a lower price than what you’d pay for the full service actually sounds like a good idea. Maybe Sony should think about that in the future, too.

      1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

        You’ll change your mind once you start, hopefully, seeing all of the awesome things that come with paying for online. ESPECIALLY if it’s like PS Plus!

          1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

            It says 40 bucks a year for Xbox Live Gold. I could afford that and I’m on limited income. I wish PS Plus was that cheap a year. Oh well. 60 bucks for 12 months is still pretty cheap. As long as Nintendo Online is 60 bucks or under, I’m good. There is also some places selling the yearly PS Plus & Xbox Live Gold cards for a lot less than it’d cost to pay for them from the PS4 itself. Least that’s what I heard, anyway.

  2. This is surprising to me. I didn’t think Nintendo would take this route. But it’s no different than paying for the other services now. So there’s no need to make a big uproar about it.

      1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

        Like Peridot Gem, you didn’t quite do it right but I got ya covered! *hands over one of the world’s smallest violins* There we go! Much better! *gets out his*

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      *plays on one of the world’s smallest violins* Get over it, you cheap, whiny vermin!

    2. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      You’ve been crying like a little bitch over the Switch for one reason or another for way too long! I hate to take a cue from a certain sonicgalaxy27 but… SHUT THE HELL UP BEFORE THE DARKNESS KICKS YOUR ASS!!!

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      I checked out the Great Switch Room at Nintendo’s American Lair on the Internet & it shows one of the features as being discounts for games & a free NES or SNES game to play for that month so I’d say it’s pretty close to being similar to PS Plus. More features will be revealed after launch.

  3. The wording during the event seemed confusing. They were talking about all this online connectivity with smart devices and then said this. Is the smart device stuff what we’ll have to pay for or online play too?

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      Look up at my comment to Beyond for more info.

  4. at least they now have something to entice people not to pirate their games
    and risk being banned from online store and playing i bet

  5. If this means the online play Will be much better then i Will pay gladly gor it 😄😄 i hate it in splatoon on the wiiu That when your in a match you get connection errors :/

  6. A lot is going to depend on the currently missing details like pricing for me. Seeing as the only game I’ve played online on Nintendo hardware the last couple years is Splatoon it’s kinda a hard sell for me. Most likely I’d just focus on single player games and get my multiplayer action in offline when able and use my PC for online multiplayer games.

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      From what I’ve seen so far, it’s gonna be pretty similar to PS Plus so you’ll pay for more than just online play.

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      As I told Beyond, you’ll pay for online play, discounts on games, a free NES and/or SNES game to play that month, & the rest of the features will be revealed after release.

      1. “the rest of the features will be revealed after release” If they really want people to buy their system they’d reveal what those features are.

  7. This news sucked monkey butts. I’ve never been able to experience true online gaming on Playstation 3 and 4 due to having to pay for Playstation Plus. And now, I’ll never be able to experience online gaming on the Switch either. Oh well. Gamers should NEVER have to pay just to play online. EVER!

  8. They said that it was only special features like chatting, inviting friends and things from the like, not the ENTIRE online services line-up

  9. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

    So many poor souls stuck in just a Nintendo bubble. You aren’t paying just for online play. Actually research all of the features that come with paying for online because it’s not just online play. I guess saying that you are paying for online play is a very poor way of saying it. You are paying for a service for online play, discounts, free games, etc etc!

    I have enough confidence in Nintendo again to say it’ll probably include cloud storage which means no more console locked tripe.

    1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

      As for those that might want to pull a gamingfan2009 & bitch and whine about paying for shit you probably won’t use: tough shit! Your precious PC, smartphone, & tablet come with tons of shit you most likely don’t use but I don’t see you people bitching about paying extra for those things! Get N or get out! …Or y’know. Stick with your pathetic Wii or Wii U instead…

      1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

        Oh… My… God… I’ve become Peridot Gem & Brandon Hardacre and calling people whiny bitches! ………. I FUCKING LOVE IT!!!

        1. ||Do you know what the best thing is about this entire event? They improved on many areas you humans complained about, now just imagine how much they will redeem themsevles once Metroid is announced in the future…||

          ||My power will increase beyond measure…||

          1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

            As will mine. Unless it’s another FedshitForce… *eye twitch*

        1. ||You can delude yourself with that, without this service you wouldn’t even get these games either, ipso facto, you are paying for the games as well…||

          1. Of course you wouldn’t get the games because you’re not paying for them, like I said. The point of playing is to play online. You just get added bonuses by doing so and the free games count as a bonus. The games don’t count as purchase, they are just there because you’re subscribed. Because again, you didn’t buy them…

            1. ||And that’s why I don’t want to pay for a service where I find everything irrelevant except improved online multiplayer…||

              ||If they make different options where you can only pay a smaller fee for just playing online then I can accept that, I don’t need anything else since I want my weaponry in physical form…||

              1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

                It’s gonna be torture for you if there is no option to pay online for online play, isn’t it? *very dark chuckle* I hope there isn’t an option for that just so we can torture you, too. Muahahahahaha! xP

                1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

                  Change the first online to only. Stupid typos!

                2. ||I don’t know what torture is and will never know…||

                  ||However, the always expensive Xbot prices we have over here is obnoxious…||

                  ||And then this online fee better be cheaper and there better be many weapons available with online multiplayer…||

          2. Jacob told me that Kallum also used the word ipso facto recently, commander’s identity exposed, lol

        2. ||And not to mention, they aren’t even yours for real at all either…||

          ||This is like a glorified system of renting games and movies because once you stop paying for it, your membership of course ends whenever it expires and so do all these so called free games you received, making it like I’ve said, a glorified renting system when take away all the cattle words your leaders use…||

          1. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

            I’m fine with that, actually, since it’s a rental I don’t ever have to return as long as I keep the membership going. Since I’m only paying once a year for it, that makes it all the sweeter!

            1. ||Yes once a year to expensive prices when it should be lower regardless of what they offer…||

          2. Omega Kalas Ridley X3 (Greatness Awaits at Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation 4! Come join us in the Light of Darkness!!) says:

            And when the service is ever stopped, I can just buy any of the games I enjoyed. Til then, I’ll enjoy the free use of it.

            1. ||Yes paying an almost full price for those weapons + adding all the percentage rate each of them would cost during the service because of the subscription fee you paid over the years…||

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