It's crazy to think that online is going paid on all platforms, and that Nintendo, infamous for having free online play and not following in the footsteps of the likes of Sony, would give in to such a weird concept. We saw it with PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold (although, to Xbox's credit, Gold isn't required), so it's not a surorise but still crazy.
Anyways, it seems Nintendo Switch Online will go paid (or, go gold, if you will) for everyone in the second half of the month. Pricing will be:
|1 Month||3 Months||1 Year|
|$3.99 USD||$7.99 USD||
You will be able to set this as a recurring renewal in the eShop.
To the point of the article: What is the real reason Nintendo isn't being too clear on when Nintendo Switch Online is launching? Let me tell you.
Long story short: Big N doesn't know what they're doing. Simply put. It is trying to follow in the footsteps of Sony. Though, some could argue it's taking a better approach with cheaper plans, and to that I'd agree. Where did they go wrong?
Remember Virtual Console? The awesome service where you could play old Nintendo games? That was going to house GameCube games on Switch? Well, that is no more. It has been replaced with "Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online" (which is a rather long, awful name, originally named "Classic Games Selection". This isn't enough, and Nintendo has recognized it publically. They need to add different consoles to this. They need to bring back Virtual Console.
This is just my opinion and I definitely want to know yours. Leave them in the comments or shoot me an email.