Nintendo Online Releases Tonight

Nintendo Online Releases Tonight

The long-awaited Nintendo Online service launches in full swing today(ish). Nintendo Switch owners have a enjoyed a year and a half of free online play, though not without its growing pains. The lack of a paid online service shows as consoles have historically always had issues maintaining online services without a paid subscription (still no word as to how PC pulls it off, but that's a story for another time).


Here is what you need to know about the launch today...

  • The service will launch at around 11pmEST/8pmPST
  • The service will cost as follows
    • $3.99 a Month (Individual)
    • $19.99 a Month (Individual)
    • $34.99 a Month (Family Plan for up to 8 users)
  • The service will include Save file cloud backup
  • The service will include a Subscription to NES games that can be played anytime, anywhere
  • The service will be required to play specific games online, such as; Mario Kart 8 Delux, Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and other games to be announced


There are a lot of mixed feelings about this, but personally, I think its great. A paid sub will allow Nintendo to beef up their online capabilities and even let them run in-house game servers, instead of relying on the ancient Peer to Peer connection that they currently use. Also, $20 a year is 4 fewer trips to Starbucks, 2 if you always get food as well. Even the most broke Switch owner should be able to afford that. If it'll start enhancing the online experience and allow them to add even more NES games, and perhaps even SNES games and beyond, then they can't take my money fast enough.You can see more details on Nintendo's Website. Are you getting your sub on? Waiting to see if they add more? Chuck your thoughts in the comments here.