Nintendo has been pretty busy. After having an amazing year in 2017, it was clear that they couldn’t rest on their laurels. Despite their success, they missed the 2017 release on their online service, and had pushed it to an unspecified date in 2018.
At the recent financial results briefing, Nintendo brought up the service, saying:
“Next let’s talk about Nintendo Switch Online, the paid subscription service that expands the online functionality of the Nintendo Switch. We reported previously that the service would launch in 2018, and now the official start time has been set to September 2018. Work is progressing on ways to further heighten the gaming experience for consumers. Details will be made available as they are finalized.”
Upon this announcement, they also updated their official site to reflect this release date, and solidify the price point ($3.99/month, $7.99/3 months, $19.99/year). In addition to online play, subscribers will have access to a catalog of classic games that will be available to them at any time, so long as their membership is active.
But that wasn’t all Nintendo had to say. They also announced a big name coming to mobile in the form of Mario Kart Tour:
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
As of right now, we have no idea how they plan on translating the gameplay to mobile, but given that it’s Nintendo, we have a sneaking suspicion that it’ll be a whole lot different than we could ever expect.
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