Why You Shouldn't Worry About Nintendo's Online Costs

Posted: Apr 12 2017, 9:43am CDT | by , in Gaming

Why You Shouldn't Worry about Nintendo's Online Costs
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Before the release of the Nintendo Switch, all of Nintendo's online services were free. Now it will cost somewhere between $17 and $26 after a free trial period.

Nintendo Everything found an interview with Japanese Famitsu magazine in which Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo GM, and Yoshiaki Koizumi, deputy GM, explained why there will be charges later in the year:

"We’ll be maintaining the online service and providing new services that we haven’t had up until now, and there are costs associated with those," Takahashi said, per the translation. "We’d also like to maintain a stable playing experience and provide proper support. We are working to prepare all of the features until the service begins in the fall of 2017, and details on the service will be available at a later time."

While we don't know what those features are, we do know that PlayStation did something similar when it started to charge users for the PlayStation Network when they released the PS4.

For now, at least, you need Friend Codes to make friends on the Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo has promised something will come soon. We also know that all online chatting will take place via a phone app instead of through a gaming system.

Hopefully whatever features we get will be worth it.

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