You can go ahead and file this under “It’s About Damn Time” because it’s about damn time. Nintendo has somehow managed to survive as long as it has without embracing the newfangled technology called the internet, but things have gotten to the point where the Big N had better start putting their best foot forward in that regard. Even the biggest Nintendo fans are starting to grow impatient for them to catch on.
Even with their latest system, the Nintendo Switch, they managed to pull off a massively successful first year with almost no attention paid to the internet. Sure, you can play some games online, but it’s no Xbox Live, by any means. If you were eager to find out just when we’d be getting an actual Nintendo online ecosystem, or what such an ecosystem may consist of, you’re in luck, because it sounds like we’ll be getting details very soon.
According to Variety, Nintendo revealed during a financial results briefing that they would be revealing details for their online subscription service early in May, which is next months. This was a service that was supposed to hit late last year, but it was delayed — presumably so that they could focus on making it a better, more user-friendly experience.
“We view the online service as one component of our efforts to diversify how our games are played and to get people to play more of our games,” former Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, who announced his retirement Thursday. “That is why we want to apply substantial resources to the online service, with the thinking that we will devote our energies to making this a for-pay service.”
Our first taste of this online plan came in the form of a smartphone app, which users would utilize for voice chat. It ain’t the most intuitive concept in the world, and it’s because of that initial idea that I’m skeptical of their plans, even as a fan of theirs. Luckily, part of their plan will also include discounts on Nintendo eShop, and from what we know, potential access to a library of old games.
This new service is set to hit September of this year.
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