The Nintendo Switch Online service launches in September, a point at which you will need to pay for a subscription to enjoy competitive and co-operative online gaming with friends and other players around the world.
Many players ran into problems with the Mario Tennis Aces Pre-launch Online Tournament, whether that be lag or connection issues, but Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime has downplayed these as the company’s chances to pre-empt such scenarios before a game launches.
“We need to be clear. When we do a trial event, for example with Mario Tennis Aces, we’re as much learning about the technical infrastructure as well as the way the game is going to play,” Fils-Aime explained to Bloomberg.
“And so you have to expect some challenges when you do that. When we launch the game it’s going to perform, just like it did for Fortnite.”
The Nintendo Switch Online service will launch in September with pricing plans at £3.49 ($3.99) per month, £6.99 ($7.99) for three months or £17.99 ($19.99) for 12 months.
There is a 12 month Family Membership for £31.49 ($34.99), which will allow a Nintendo Account holder to “invite up to seven others to join a family group” that will all have access to Nintendo Switch Online.