While the virtual console is not coming to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Online seems to be an alternative. This is a subscription, with which you get 20 NES games and more will be added with the passage of time. This will be the first time that NES games will feature online play. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé talked about this at E 2018 and the following is what he had to say in this regard:
“The Virtual Console successor is Nintendo Switch Online, right? With the mentality that says we’re going to be offering a slate of games, and it’s a slate that’s going to increase over time. For many of these games, there’s going to be additional online capability provided in those games. That’s the vision we have for how to best bring our legacy content to Nintendo Switch.”
While Nintendo Switch Online s free right now, that is not going to be the case in the future and users will be required to pay $20 for a year. Reggie Fils-Aimé does not think that this will put people off. The following is what he had to say regarding the subscription model.
“We do [believe people will subscribe], and I say that because what we’ve laid out is a proposition where, yes you get the competitive play accessibility, you also get the cloud save, and you get access to the legacy content. That’s a fantastic proposition for $20 a year. We believe that it’s not going to be any type of issue for us. In fact, it’s going to enable us to continue offering a varied slate of opportunities from an online experience standpoint.”
While cloud save is something that you get for free on PC as well as the multiplayer option, $20 a year is not much if you look at the pricing of Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. Out of the three Nintendo Switch Online is the cheapest. Wheather or not the Switch competes with the rest of the consoles in debatable.
Execution of Nintendo Switch Online is going to be very important and we will see how frequently games and other features are added to the service.