Nintendo Switch Online launches in September 2018

Nintendo Switch Online launches in September 2018

Following reports late past year that Nintendo was pushing the Nintendo Switch Online service to sometime in "fall 2018", the company has now announced just when we'll be able to pay for a better online experience!

Quarterly sales ballooned to almost 483 billion yen, up from 174 billion yen the previous year, on the success of its Switch, a hybrid game machine that can be played both as a home console as well as a handheld.

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The Nintendo CEO also pointed out that the 3DS is critical to the company's business for its affordability and for being one of the first dedicated video game systems for children who have no previous experience with such a device. In just what way, we are bound to learn in the coming months as we get closer to the release of the service. The Wii U was not.

Should Switch sales notch 20 million during the next fiscal year, the device will have surpassed lifetime sales of both the Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo 64 in just two years. "For example, with Nintendo Labo which was announced in January, we proposed a new way to play by connecting Switch with constructed cardboard models".

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In March 2017, it was "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild". As 2017 went on, Nintendo's Switch had "ARMS", "Splatoon 2", "Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle", and "Super Mario Odyssey". How many Switch owners know that their online service has only been in trial for all this time? While definitely not unprecedented in the industry, this is a massive leap for Nintendo especially with Switch sales continuing to skyrocket.

In that sense, Nintendo stated the following: "The second year is important". Another offering of the Nintendo Switch Online service is the access to classic games from Nintendo's back catalogue that have been reworked for online play and made to take advantage of the multiplayer features of the Switch.

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Nintendo has announced a five-game schedule for the next four months, with one other title dangled over 2018 as a whole.

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