Nintendo will begin charging for its online multiplayer service this September.
It will set you back €20 (which works out to about £17.50) for a year’s subscription to Nintendo Switch Online; it’s €8 for three months; or €4 for one month. There will likely be tweaked UK prices released soon enough.
The idea to start charging was pushed back a number of times; it’s unsurprising given that there were a number of issues with the service during the Switch’s first year. The free smartphone app had a number of problems which had to be updated and resolved.
There is, on the advert for the service, a number of perks that have been talked about before: “Members will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.”
On top of this, subscribers may receive deals on certain things: “Members may receive special member-only price promotions for certain products in Nintendo eShop.” That’s an interesting use of the word ‘may’ there, though.