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Switch's online subscription cost mentioned by Nintendo president

Jason Clement

While we've heard a great deal last month about the Nintendo Switch can do and what games are coming to it, one of the remaining questions that remained unanswered pertained to the new online subscription for the console and its cost.


Some details were made known about what the subscription entails, including access to a free monthly NES or SNES title (the latter of which would have newly added online multiplayer), but the cost had not been decided yet. The good news is that we may have a much better idea of how much they'll be charging, and it's probably not as much as you thought it would be.


Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned in a recent interview to Nikkei that Switch's online service would cost in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 yen yearly for Japanese users. That roughly translates to $17.50 to 26.50 USD.


If the cost translates similarly in the US, it appears that the US price for the service will likely be anywhere from $20-30. This would put the annual cost at 50-60% of what Sony charges for PlayStation Plus and 41-50% of what Microsoft charges for Xbox Live Gold.


It should be noted that Nintendo of America has not announced the official price yet, but Kimishima's statement is a good sign that it will likely be around the price point he mentioned. Stay tuned for more on info on Switch's online subscription as we draw closer to the console's launch on March 3.


Source: Nikkei (via Nintendo Everything)


What are your thoughts on the pricing for Switch's online service if it does turn out to be $20-30?

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