Nintendo Switch Online will Cost 2-3k Yen, Nintendo “Studying” VR

In an article from The Nikkei, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed Nintendo’s tentative pricing for the Nintendo Switch’s online multiplayer service, along with the company’s plans for Virtual Reality.

Kimishima told Nikkei that Nintendo is currently planning to charge 2,000-3,000 yen yearly for the console’s paid online multiplayer when it launches this fall. For comparison, this converts to somewhere between $17.60 and $26.40 USD. According to Kimishima, the paid online services will allow Nintendo to: “be able to fully commit to customers.”

Kimishima also stated that Nintendo was looking into virtual reality support for the Switch, but that nothing is set in stone. He’s quoted as saying:

If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another.

This matches up with found patents that show a theoretical VR headset for the hybrid console, using the system’s screen for the display.

Nintendo Switch launches March 3rd for $300.

Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I've been playing video games since I was three years old.

  • Lucky

    ~$19.99 yearly isn’t as bad as what Sony/Microsoft demands, but with the rumors on the rented games they provide it makes sense why it would be cheaper, since there’s less value compared to their competitors. Which almost solidifies the thought that this product is just an extra comapared to your “main” platform (PS, XB, PC, etc).

  • Uncle Ocelot

    That’s actually pretty cheap. I think everyone was expecting a $60 fee like the others.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    That’s not bad considering how expensive PS+ and Xbox Live is.

  • CrusaderEsper

    That’s $17.60 to $26.40 too much.

  • NuclearKangaroo


  • Uncle Ocelot


  • Mr0303

    At least it’s cheap, so that may sell it to some people. The monthly offering is still not a good deal.

  • doog

    Ridiculous, Nintendo is still playing catch up to the OG xbox when it comes to providing any sort of service.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    I’m not sure if Tegra can handle VR on a decent way.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Yeah, I was expecting maybe $10-$15 cheaper, not half-price or less. So it breaks down to $2.50/month at most.

    I don’t think its just the game rental, it really seems like just an added bonus to make things a bit more worthwhile, they aren’t focusing on it much.

    It could just be Nintendo trying to be reasonable about it, they do focus more on ‘value’ than the others, but I think it has more to do with the current state of their network and being relatively ‘new’ to the online-gaming scene still.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    Considering that the system sells for 29,980 yen or 299 USD; I kind of expect the online price range to be 20-30 USD.

  • Bitterbear

    Maybe not this one, but perhaps the New Nintendo Switch that we’ll get in 2 to three years if this console becomes successful.

  • AR7777

    Sadly it seems to be the new shitty trend in consoles

  • AR7777

    You get 6 games on ps+, and you keep them as long as you are subscribed.
    You get 1 nes OR snes game on switch only for a month

    They could at least let you keep that nes game

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    That’s true too. Though, most of the games for IGC aren’t worth the 60 a year though.

  • totenglocke

    Six games that are mostly shit and the ones that aren’t, you probably already bought them a few years ago.

  • Zero Eternity

    Is it just me or all the game companies…and facebook trying to drag people kicking and screaming into the beginning of the VR age.

  • AR7777

    It’s still better than the competition though. Also PS+ was giving free games for years before MC felt guilty and started doing the same.
    BTW I guess you can’t wait to play the brand new never owned urban champion and excitebike for a month, cause that’s what you’ll get.

  • AR7777

    Yeah since PS4 was released PS+ has been shit, that’s why I don’t pay for it (actually my friend used to pay for it and I had his account on my systems as well, he doesn’t anymore) but since I don’t play online I don’t care.

    The thing is, if you were to buy all those mostly shit games you’d end up paying like a $1000
    Check this article

    I think Nintendo could have an excellent incentive by simply letting you choose 1 NES or SNES game (not the one they decide to rent you) and that you keep it for as long as you have the subscription.
    Also the trickle system would have to go away, there should be 200 or more titles per system to pick at launch and then at least 40 per month until the whole NES and SNES library is available.

    I keep hearing how Nintendo has such a massive wealth and can keep failing for 10 generations straight and yet they can let you keep 1 stupid NES game that you’d probably bought 3 times already.

  • Nagato
  • TT

    and because of my country, that’s about $10 more. Cheaper than I thought though

  • braneman

    You know what, 20$ a year is pretty decent, I know you get games with the other ones but if you unsub even for a month they’re gone, AND a lot of those games are ones I already have or want so I’d inevitably end up gettin duplicates. If they threw in like a coupon so that once a month you got a couple bucks off a virtual console game I think it would be worth it.

  • le master trole

    Never buy a console at launch!

  • Quetzalcoatl

    Gameboy color

    “new” trend

  • Jake Well

    If it were monthly then yeah…but yearly?

    DUDE that’s cheaper then both Sony and Microsoft!

  • Jake Well

    >Not Monthly

    You did read it said yearly, right?
    If you calculate the amount per month…

    It’s about 2 or so dollars per month.
    Think about that…because that’s a shit-ton
    more cheaper then both Microsoft and Sony.

    Now…I don’t know what the pricing will be in the
    US but if it’s close to what it’ll be in Japan and
    the paid online is worth it (might be a while or not
    worth it at all overtime of it’s launch)…

    Then it’s a good deal.

  • It should be $0.

  • Those are handhelds.

  • Jake Well

    Yeah it should be like it used to be…
    But I read in a interview the reasoning they’re
    doing paid online…

    The resources to host online games were taxing (Splatoon, Smash Bros., etc) and costed them a ton.

    It’s reasonable but sucks at the same time…
    However this service could mean Nintendo could start making Online more better overtime (being hopeful).

    We’ll just have to see…
    If it sucks then it’ll fail as less people will
    use it (even if it’s cheap) but if it’s worth it
    then good.

  • Quetzalcoatl

    Isnt the switch both?

  • totenglocke

    Don’t forget the N64 and the RAM expansion pack.

  • totenglocke

    I don’t pay a tax to use my internet connection, so keep trying to justify why you take the abuse from console companies.

  • OldPalpy

    Yeah this same narrative was used to push back any resistance against PS4 Pro and Scorpio and that’s a fucking shame because the console makers clearly hope they can eventually get away with the yearly upgrade model that mobile has.

  • AR7777

    Gameboy color was released 9 years after gameboy.
    DS games don’t have poorer performance in comparison to DSi.

    3DS started the trend and PS4 cemented it, yes it is a new trend because other than 3DS your examples don’t apply.

  • AR7777

    Expansion pack is an accessory, it’s not comparable to a new more powerful version of the same console

  • AR7777

    Sadly consumers seem to be stupid and are happy being fucked by corporations. The same reason dlc microtransactions and 10gb day 1 updates exist.

  • AR7777

    So we are discussing how PS+ is better than what Nintendo is going to do with Switch, and since you don’t have arguements you derail the discussion to “you justify online subscriptions”.

  • totenglocke

    Except several games would only work on N64 if you had the RAM expansion. While you didn’t have to buy a whole new system, it did mean that not all N64 systems could play all games.

  • totenglocke

    I already provided an argument that the “free” games from PSN are either shit or something you almost certainly already own, thus they provide zero value…and they’re charging about three times as much as Nintendo. But you don’t want to listen to facts because you’re a rabid Sony fangirl, so you instead call me a fanboy and then say I have no argument when I refute your claim. You’re a damn joke.

  • Kiryu

    You mean the;”you don’t have to buy it if you don’t want it” type of stupid?

  • Quetzalcoatl

    sega add ons
    gameboy color only running certain games ect ect

  • OldPalpy

    Still revolts are possible just look at what happened with the Xbone’s original DRM idea. But since then it’s felt like people have been a lot more passive to obvious BS and I’m not really sure what the root of that is, apologists and viral marketers have been a lot more aggressive though.

  • AR7777

    Are you mixed race wih a parrot? I told you the gbc was released 9 years after game boy, it was a new console of course it was gonna have games that didn’t play om GB.
    The sega 32x was an add on not a new console, it didn’t function on its own just like the n64 expansion pack doesn’t work on its own.

  • AR7777

    No, the kind of retard apologists that defend shit practices that hurt the consumer, the type of retarded mongrels that buy dlc

  • AR7777

    Do you have some kind of mental impairment that prevents you from understanding basic sentences? Whether or not you don’t like the service it exists and it will exist on switch, we are debating which is better we are not talking if it should exist or not stupid moron.

    By the way I never called you a fanboy so stop making shit up as an excuse to insult me you braindead retard.

  • Quetzalcoatl

    how many Switches are you buying then?

  • Quetzalcoatl

    Majora’s Mask a AAA game comes to mind. But lets act like this shit is new.

  • AR7777

    “Several” games, you mean three games unless you count N64DD which wasn’t even released in America.
    N3DS or PS4pro are not enhancements they are the same system with better specs, there wasn’t anything like that before.

  • Taiga Gao

    >Getting a new console every 5ish years is a new trend

    Damn kids don’t remember that Console Generations used to last 5-6~ years until the 360 and PS3 fucked it by lasting almost a freaking decade.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    What made you think I thought it was monthly?

  • Jake Well

    Hmm…well, to figure out the thought process and conclusion you came to…

    I guessed!

    Honestly though, you said unfortunately…
    I thought you didn’t see that it’s yearly and not monthly.

    That is why I thought that but I was wrong…or more so, I saw your next comment then realized I was wrong that I wanted to edit my comment above but didn’t see a edit button at the time.

    Still, I apologize for assuming.
    …you can tell me what you actually meant if you want.

  • doog

    They give no shits about improving their network or even providing any sort of service, just look at the party voice chat app for your fucking phone.

    Game sales are supposed to pay for the servers themselves, if sales were that low maybe nintendo should just switch to being a third party developer.

  • RetroGamer

    They’d better expand their roster of online games. While I like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros games, I wouldn’t pay to play them online. Splatoon never interested me.

  • Himegami Aisa

    Err, if anything, console releases weren’t really standardised like that until the 90s. Sega replaced their consoles every few years before the Mega Drive and Nintendo wasn’t exactly jumping to replace the NES. Atari had the closest thing to that cycle, but even then it fluctuated. Of course, these distinct, synchronised “generations” weren’t really relevant until then either.

  • Himegami Aisa

    The GBC was a console revision through and through. They bumped up the specs and added colour, but apart from that, it took the same cartridges, had the same resolution, same CPU, etc.
    Adding colour doesn’t make it a brand new console.

  • Himegami Aisa

    How about the Famicom Disk System, which had plenty of games, including fucking Zelda, Castlevania and Metroid, that the Japanese had to buy to play dozens of games? (The popular ones had inferior cartridge ports overseas like the aforementioned games whereas most of them were simply unreleased outside of Japan) It’s a shitty business practice, sure, but don’t pretend it’s new or unique to Sony and MS.

  • Matz

    $20 Dollars is not a bad deal, I just hope that Nintendo respects that price in Mexico because I can see the online being a lot more expensive than fucking PS+ taking in count that the console will cost almost $500 in the country

  • Bret Hart

    (Meanwhile in Australia)

    Nintendo- “That’ll be 120 dollaradoos!”
    Australians- “REEEEEEEEEEEE!”

  • Jake Well

    The paid-online party voice chat app…
    Dude, I agree with you on that. Really weird for them to put it on smartphones behind their paid online service.

    Though it’s just, I don’t know what kind of resources that Nintendo’s servers are taking and for them to finally decide to do paid online because of it.

    Let me think here…

    Game sales do indeed help pay for the servers, though I feel there’s more to it then that…

    With Nintendo, they’re a large company and I feel they might of planned on doing paid service sometime ago. The money they have wouldn’t be impossible to pay for the servers over many years.

    I’m guessing it’s a result of monetary loss…or huge boom in online gaming on some of their recent games (e.g Splatoon) that are the cause of them doing this along other factors.

    It’s a rocky start with that phone app and everything…but I am curious what the long-run will be, with this first piece of news (current article) about the yearly JP price catching my attention.

    I remember how the wii online service was really…shitty (Smash Bros. Brawl players would know) and I’m not referring to the wii shop but online gaming in general…it wasn’t great.

    Friend Codes sucked, if you know what I mean then you would know how SHIT they were!
    I’m aware it was Nintendo’s first time doing online friend but my god, they’re really egregious.

    Wii U online though got rid of friend codes, introduced Nintendo Network ID, Miiverse (unfortunately not coming to the switch), and basically improved online compared to what the wii offered.

    It was a step up in the right direction and indeed was free! With the WiiU and how Nintendo improved online in general, I feel that it got really popular esp. with games such as Smash Bros., Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, etc.

    It sucks they’re doing paid online service because of it but I can understand the reasoning behind it. Again the voice chat phone app…not great.

    I do have to wonder though…why the switch has a Headphone/Mic jack that was recently seen and confirmed.


    If mics are compatible with then…
    Man I’m hoping Nintendo puts voice chat on the switch in the future if that exists.

    If the voice chat app bombs (or defy’s all and succeeds), a huge outcry of criticism/suggestions happen, etc…
    It may happen. Just may.

  • Gin Tosh

    It was a different console with backwards compatibility.

    Just like NGP color and WS color

  • Shinoji

    I think he means like how the Xbone and PS4 are just getting hardware upgrades while still being the same console; that there might an equivalent to the Xbox One S/Scorpio, PS4 Pro, and New 3DS for the Nintendo Switch that supports VR, if it does well.

  • Shinoji

    No. It really wasn’t. Other than adding color and probably having some GBC-exclusive games, it’s the same thing.

    By that logic, the New 3DS is a ninth gen handheld despite the the fact that it only has a better wifi chip, stronger CPU, and a much better 3D system and still uses the same UI, apps, games, etc as the one back in 2011.

    It was a nice and much-needed revision to keep up with technology and to please the consumer; But no way in hell was it comparable to the GBA.

  • Shinoji

    That’s an add-on, not a new console, or even a revision.

  • Shinoji

    Other than the fact that Miiverse was a shithole, you are right on the money.

  • Jake Well

    Hmm…I can see what you mean by it, recalling somethings about it that weren’t great.

    I mean…yes they’re a lot of people who’re young kids and such. I don’t mind those posts too much, but I guess it’s the quality/amount of posts on there that wasn’t as great.

    You can’t blame young kids/people who’re new and all but I understand what you mean with the amount of un-quality posts on there.

    That and likely other reasons like some changes to Miiverse back in 2015…I can’t remember the changes but I do remember that the new changes weren’t happily received.

    Anyways, I do agree with what you mean but not everything was all bad as they’re some good that came out of the miiverse…

    For me, the best part of Miiverse was the Miiverse Art Community. (People who’ve made all kinds of doodles/art on there)

    I absolutely loved that about Miiverse and couldn’t stop seeing all the amazing and hilarious artpics on there.

    The communtiy worked wonders on games as well! (Splatoon and Super Mario Maker coming to mind.)

    Being able to make doodle/art posts were great and I would love to see such a feature make a return in the switch.

    It would be nice to see it again…
    even in a different form.

    …OH and thanks for the kind comment.
    I kinda agree with ya on what you mean, but to me…not all of it was bad when it came to the art and likely some other good things I can’t think of right now.

    With that said, I wish the Miiverse a kind farewell when the Nintendo Switch takes over, despite the bad things about it or how it was handled in the long run.

  • Shinoji

    …yeah, you’re right. My Miiverse experience had been very good for the most part, but once I got to the franchise-wise communities, that’s when it got downhill; even then I just simply avoided them and stuck to the game-specific communities.

    And yeah, I’m gonna miss the art. It’s kind of like how Flipnote Hatena was such a great time, with all the great animations, comics, and tributes of Nintendo games.

    My only real issue was that most of it was quite strict on language, even if the specific game had harsh language and was T or even M rated. But that’s kind of a thing with Nintendo, keeping it all family-friendly.

    And perhaps I’m a bit too harsh on some of those kids, I remember saying quite the cringy stuff when I was little and browsing YouTube, so I get that they might not be fully aware about that sort thing goes.

    I wish the thing all the best; it wasn’t perfect, but it was still pretty good for a first try at an official forum.

  • Himegami Aisa

    Yeah, I just brought it up because someone mentioned the 64DD and this thread and we were arguing about how new this “trend” exactly is.

  • Shinoji

    Yeah, and this current gen of console revisions is unlike an add-on or an entire new console.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    PS+ games are permanently connected to your PS+ account, even the ones given away for free every month (if your sub runs out the games are still there for when you renew). Nintendo’s paid service is a mobile phone app (which handles voice chat, lobbies and matchmaking) and a one-month free RENTAL of one shitty VC game you likely already own three versions of, after the month they demand payment. That is assbackwards retarded and I can’t believe people will pay for that.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    holy shit, zeeky-boogy-doog! now there’s a meme i haven’t seen in many years

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    That smartphone app is actually the entire service. It does lobbies, matchmaking AND voice chat. It’s the whole package (of nothing)