The new online service was briefly mentioned in Nintendo Switch’s Tokyo Livestream — mainly that the new service would make the switch (no pun intended) to a paid service. While not all the details have been fleshed out, Nintendo has discussed some of the features the Nintendo Switch’s online service will include.
As mentioned in the Livestream, all Nintendo Switch owners from March 2017 to Fall 2017 will be able to enjoy online play for free.
Starting Fall 2017, Nintendo will be adding online lobbies, voice chat, monthly game downloads, and deals.
Using the service, Nintendo Switch players will be able to invite friends into groups, set play appointments and chat with friends in compatible games. All of this can be managed via an app on smartphones, which will be available this summer.
Meanwhile, Nintendo’s monthly game download — much like Games with Gold or PlayStation Plus — will offer monthly offerings. According to the description, the game may be limited to one SNES or NES game each month with newly-added online play.
Of course, a fair amount of details are missing and will be clarified in the future.