Nintendo has announced July 21 as the release date for its Switch Online smartphone application. This release corresponds with the launch of Splatoon 2 and will feature the service SplatNet 2, a feature developed for Splatoon 2 players for online voice chat, messaging services, co-op and competitive matchmaking, and statistics tracking.
The Nintendo Switch Online service will remain free until an unannounced date in 2018, when the service will then cost $3.99/month or $19.99 for one year. In the meantime, Nintendo will use 2017 to learn as much as they can about how their player base uses the service and work towards improving it before they begin charging a subscription fee.
While the app is free, users will not gain access to the Classic Game Selection feature, which allows subscribers to rent one NES or SNES game a month from the Nintendo eShop.
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Source | Nintendo