Nintendo Switch's online service to cost under $30 per year

Posted February 02, 2017

The developer screens don't reveal too much, although one screen points to devkits coming with 64GB of internal memory, rather than the retail version's 32GB.

This is the same reasoning Nintendo gave for the Wii U's meagre launch line-up.

While the Nintendo Switch menu leak is definitely another juicy tidbit of information, it's just one more thing that Nintendo will likely reveal (intentionally or not) about the console before it releases on March 3, catapulting Nintendo into the current console generation after sticking with the Wii U for several years.

Though we don't know the whole story behind Nintendo's proposed online service, we know it will allow discounts on select games and a free classic NES or SNES game each month.that can only be played that month before going away. Not only was the WiiU the lowest selling Nintendo product, but it sold less units than any of Sony's or Microsoft's consoles.

Other features included with Nintendo's service, but planned for launch sometime after Switch arrives, include online lobbies and voice chat through the dedicated Switch app on your smartphone or tablet, exclusive discounts and offers, and other features to be detailed at a later date. The GameCube is next lowest, with 21.74m units sold.

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Kimishima dismissed speculation that the Switch would replace Nintendo's 3DS handheld, pointing out that titles including Pikmin, Mario Sports Superstars, Fire Emblem, and Yoshi's Wooly World were in development for the two-screen wonder.

In addition to the online details, Kimishima said Nintendo is now studying Virtual Reality for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo also reported that over the first three quarters of its fiscal year, it had shipped 6.5 million Amiibo, down from 20.5 million in the same period of last year.

Kimishima reiterated the company's goals for its mobile business during a presentation with investors this week, stating, "We would like to utilize smart devices as a platform to reach the maximum number of consumers with our IP".

Whether or not the Nintendo Switch will be better than the Wii U is nearly irrelevant at this point - it's being handled better than the Wii U, and, in terms of sales, which will directly impact games created, which will directly impact the console's longevity, that's all that matters.