Nintendo Will Charge a Wallet-Friendly $30 for Switch's Online Services

Switch's online services are half the price of its competition Credit: Nintendo

"With paid services, we will be able to fully commit to customers" promises Nintendo boss

"With paid services, we will be able to fully commit to customers" promises Nintendo boss

Nintendo's new console, the Switch, made an impression at its unveiling with its whacky controllers and big promises about portable gaming, but details about the online services were left vague. Now Nintendo's boss has revealed the price for an annual Switch online subscription in Japan and it's a budget-friendly $30.

What will you get for that? Subscribers will get access to online gaming and retro NES or Super NES games.

"Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System or Super Nintendo Entertainment System game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month." Reports suggest that after that month though, you'll lose access to that free game. We also don't know much about the Virtual Console side of things.

We do know that there'll be a smartphone application that will connect to your Switch for social functions, so inviting friends to play online and chatting during online matches. All online services will be free at first, but Nintendo will start charging in Fall 2017. 

"With paid services, we will be able to fully commit to customers," Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima tells Nikkei. 

Right now an annual PlayStation Plus subscription costs $60, as does Xbox Live Gold, so 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen, or $18 to $26, is a competitive price.