Today Nintendo revealed the details of its previously announced online service, which apparently is simply named Nintendo Switch Online.
The pricing is as follows, split in one, three and twelve-month memberships. While it’s not as good as free, it’s certainly competitive.
Even better is the fact that users won’t have to pay until the service will go live in 2018. Below you can see a matrix of the services offered to paid and free users.
Last, but not least, an explanation of how each service will work:
Online Play on Nintendo Switch
You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until our paid online service launches in 2018.
After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online.
This service is only for Nintendo Switch. It does not affect online play or features for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Online lobby and voice chat
Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device.
A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.
Classic Game Selection
Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.
Nintendo eShop deals
Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content.
You still have six months to play online games for free on switch, but considering the advance notice and the rather cheap price, I guess we have plenty of time to save.