Nintendo Switch’s online subscription service will cost $26.50 per year at most, cheaper than the Xbox and PlayStation equivalents.
It is said that the President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima told Nikkei, a stock market index in Tokyo like NASDAQ and Dow Jones, that the online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch will be priced at between 2000 – 3000 yen by the company. 3000 yen equates to around $26.50 in USA and £21 in the UK.
1) Just in: Nintendo president Kimishima tells the Nikkei Switch's online service will be priced at 2-3,000 yen ($17.50 – $26.50) *YEARLY*.
— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) February 1, 2017
The reason given by Kimishima for the paid service is that it will help Nintendo support online features on the Switch, which is looking to improve on what players received on the WiiU.
The price range given would make the Switch’s online service half the price of the subscriptions paid by players for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, with both costing £40 / $60 a year for access to online multiplayer and free games each month.
The Nintendo Switch releases in one month time in North America and Europe, with fans finally able to play the much-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.