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Nintendo Switch has Planned Online Subscription Fee, but No Region Locking

Nintendo revealed more information for the Nintendo Switch tonight, including two very hot button points.

The console will have free online play around launch, however it will be a paid service sometime this fall. A pricing model for the subscription was not announced at this time.

Nintendo also confirmed the system will not be region locked.


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97 comments
  1. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    January 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Region free???…..hmmm, okay that isn’t a bad move.

  2. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I’m quite surprised that they mentioned the region lock on stage. I guess they read all the roasting comments.

    Hopefully they have proper online accounts for the new paid service.

  3. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I’m waiting now for the excuses of N Fanboys for the justification of paid online since that’s an argument they like to use against Sony,still the region free is a good thing.

  4. Pocketmarmots
    Pocketmarmots
    January 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Confirmed?! Not just “hasn’t mentioned it yet?”

    *manly tear*

  5. AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    January 12, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I will shortly wait for Mr.Touchdown

  6. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    He will certainly come up with some excuse as always but paid online was bound to happen for all consoles since MS introduced it.

  7. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 12, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    This way we can import and ditch the abominations NOA calls localization.

  8. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    One step forward, two steps back

  9. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    its literally ok when nintendo does it!

  10. West
    West
    January 12, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Not region locked? That’s a nice little touch, but Nintendo Treehouse will still do a number on localizations. I don’t want to play Japanese language versions of games I buy a system for.

  11. Arenegeth
    Arenegeth
    January 12, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Region locking was my biggest issue with Nintendo when this generation begun and especially with the 3DS, which as far as I know is still the only handheld console in history to be region locked.

    That’s before they went full retards with their localization and censorship and that became my primary grief.

    But yeah good news, I had written off the Switch after my experience with the Wii U, mostly because I didn’t want to deal with NoA’s and NoE’s bullshit, but if the new Mario game is promising I may actually go day 1 on this thing.

  12. 草薙 素子
    草薙 素子
    January 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Inb4 Travis comes to fight you for the honor of his $300 tablet.

  13. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    January 13, 2017 at 12:07 am

    The next time someone bitches on why can’t Nintendo behave more like the competition; they should keep it in mind that this company gives nerds what they want in a Monkey Paw-Wish style.

  14. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    January 13, 2017 at 12:12 am

    >no region lock
    >but paid online
    >but I probably won’t even use the online for multiplayer except for probably Splatoon 2
    Fucking monkey’s paw, I swear.

  15. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 12:17 am

    It’s ok when Nintendo does it.Me i’m not surprised just like i wasn’t suprised when Sony made us pay for online on PS4,i saw it coming.

  16. chocodino
    chocodino
    January 13, 2017 at 12:25 am

    the only exclusive game that I cared about in the presentation was Splatoon 2, and splatoon with no online is just not worth it [and I will NOT pay for online], just like before the presentation, my interest in this console is 0.

    there’s also that FAST game, but I still haven’t bought NEO, and I never finished League.

  17. TT
    TT
    January 13, 2017 at 12:26 am

    i can only imagine how retarded their localizations will be. But maybe there’s the chance of fans making patches…unless Nintendo acts dickish and tries to prevent that

  18. TT
    TT
    January 13, 2017 at 12:27 am

    no region lock= urge to buy rising
    paid online= urge to buy fading

  19. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    January 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    FINALLY, no region lock. Now I don’t have to worry about hacking it so I can play muh Megatens.

  20. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    January 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Why? New Mario isn’t a launch title.

  21. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    January 13, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Region free is great, but that really sucks that you have to pay to play online now. Especially since I’ll really only be playing online for Splatoon 2 and maybe ARMS. If they’re gonna do a subscription service, then it better be like PS+; with exclusive discounts and two free games every month.

  22. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    January 13, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Two free VC games per month? I could dig it.

  23. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    January 13, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Fanboy here- Fuck ’em.
    I never pay for online more than once. I might buy singleplayer, but forget paying for online otherwise.

    Now, there is a mono-filament tier slim chance that online multiplayer & mechanics are free, but if you want to group up in lobbies you have to pay:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60425f3ecd47c9673b377c1c153e5dbaa4048b98375372042bc5af1883d3d832.jpg

    So if you have friends who live far away it sucks, but you can still play with randos.
    Again, that’s very unlikely- and either way it sucks ass.

  24. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    January 13, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Why patch. If the majority of people buying X niche title buy direct from Japan and use guides to work the rest out, it’ll send a clear message. Especially when Treehouse is paid to modify a product no one touches (except from Japan)

  25. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    January 13, 2017 at 12:38 am

    You bring up a good point. I wanna know if they’ll finally include cross buy for any VC games you previously bought on Wii U or 3DS.

  26. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Same here man same here.I refuse to pay for online gaming but it’s easy for me anyway since i rarely play online.

  27. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    January 13, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I got more into it with the PS3 and PC. I enjoy it, but I’ll take a well crafted nigh-infinite-replayability style game, or a massive 40/50 hour game over it.

  28. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 12:44 am

    The only game i play online is GTAV on PS3,it’s fun from time to time but otherwise i’m a singleplayer gamer.

  29. Maelstrom
    Maelstrom
    January 13, 2017 at 12:44 am

    I mean, paid online sucks. The Wii U was the only console that had free online, but it also had pretty much the worst online also. Paid may mean an improvement, but it still sucks. So, better online is the excuse?

  30. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    January 13, 2017 at 12:44 am

    The point above it says “After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online,” and the chart below it says that online multiplayer is only free during the trial. Shit sucks, but, again, if you don’t play online much (like me), it’s not a huge deal.

  31. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 12:47 am

    You better hope it will be better since they will make you pay for it

  32. TT
    TT
    January 13, 2017 at 12:48 am

    oh i agree, but i mean more so there’s something that can help people understand the dialogue better. Fighting games and platformers are one thing, but stuff like RPG’s or something story heavy would be alot harder to play through if you don’t know what they’re saying.

  33. sanic
    sanic
    January 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

    will it have free terrible games like sony does or very old but decent games like xbox does, or does nintendo think it can get away with a sub for just online?

  34. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 1:03 am

    At least with Sony you get 2 free games a month and discounts at the store, access to other features as well. Nintendo has none of that and I doubt we’re going to be getting free games.

  35. AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    January 13, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Nobody gets too far like that.

  36. phagette
    phagette
    January 13, 2017 at 1:09 am

    but will online services be region locked?

  37. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Just received a mail,Disgaea 5 Limited edition for Switch is already for preorder on the NISA shop,that was quick as hell they didn’t lose time.

  38. SuuLoliBoob
    SuuLoliBoob
    January 13, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Thank god Multiplayer doesn’t interest me at all. Well, unless it’s offline or really innovative like Dark Souls.

  39. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 1:26 am

    That’s exactly what i plan to do,IF i end up buying the console.I don’t want localized Nintendo games anymore.

  40. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    LaserCatsAreAwesome
    January 13, 2017 at 1:33 am

    At the rate they put VC games? You’d be lucky if they gave out a free one for every 4 months of your membership.

  41. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    January 13, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Well the plan on their website says something like you can play an NES or SNES VC game for free for a month every month.

  42. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 13, 2017 at 1:41 am

    >No region locking
    It’s about fucking time, paid online is shitty though.

  43. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 13, 2017 at 1:45 am

    If they don’t, it better be cheaper than the other subscriptions. Probably won’t be though.

  44. evilmajikman
    evilmajikman
    January 13, 2017 at 1:46 am

    >Paid online subscription
    >Nintendo

    You guys really want to get out of the console industry, don’t you?

  45. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    LaserCatsAreAwesome
    January 13, 2017 at 1:50 am

    As in you keep it for as long as you’re subscribed or it rotates out and you lose access to it ? If it rotates out and it’s just one game a month that’s pretty terrible and expected of them.

  46. Arenegeth
    Arenegeth
    January 13, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Yeah, didn’t find that out until later. This is the first story I clicked on after they did their event.

  47. Nagato
    Nagato
    January 13, 2017 at 2:14 am

    You mean exactly like how the Sonyggers started praising online paywalls right as their kindly master told them to start lubing their butts after years of free online?

  48. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 2:17 am

    When did they ever praise for having to pay online,are you retarded or a liar?

  49. Nagato
    Nagato
    January 13, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Ever since it got announced, as it being paid obviously meant they could now expect the same premium quality online service as XBL~

  50. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 3:47 am

    So you are a liar i see.

  51. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    January 13, 2017 at 3:51 am

    >No Region Lock.
    This , my friends, is the 1st sign of the apocalypse.

  52. artemisthemp
    artemisthemp
    January 13, 2017 at 4:04 am

    It’s good that Nintendo Switch is Region free but how is Digital titles rights handle?
    Store on the Device or Online?

  53. CabO
    CabO
    January 13, 2017 at 4:23 am

    “Monthly Game Download: Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.”

    wew

  54. 真・女神転生
    真・女神転生
    January 13, 2017 at 4:28 am

    why get that though? no ps4?

  55. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Myself personally i don’t need it as i already have D5.

  56. 真・女神転生
    真・女神転生
    January 13, 2017 at 4:32 am

    What is the point on all these port anyway? Especially on games you can get cheaper that look better…on another console…for cheaper? What is the point of the Switch again?

  57. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 4:37 am

    You have to ask Nintendo those questions,i wonder myself what the fuck they were doing all this time since the poor 2016 the Wii U had in terms of games.

  58. Personaknight
    Personaknight
    January 13, 2017 at 4:42 am

    You know how they offered att&t plan with the vita? I wouldn’t mind that with Nintendo switch if I could get an online where ever. atleast the plan seems to be heading for playstation plus sort of deal.

  59. catazxy
    catazxy
    January 13, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Once the indies come thats what you’ll get, for “free”

  60. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 13, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I read somewhere that they’ll be offering remastered NES and SNES games every month.

  61. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    January 13, 2017 at 5:48 am

    The system will be region free, the games WON’T!

  62. Feniks
    Feniks
    January 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Same here. The only times my Sony consoles are connected to the internet is when I’m downloading a patch or system update.

  63. Feniks
    Feniks
    January 13, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Fell for the wireless meme
    Everything is on 2.4Ghz
    My wireless mouse is interfering with my wirless controller which is interfering with my wireless router
    Fuck this wireless earth

  64. Nagato
    Nagato
    January 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

    You must be blind or deluded if you want to claim not to have the tons of sheep thinking that paid online would actually equal improvements to it, because “you get what you pay for” or something.

  65. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 13, 2017 at 8:21 am

    games don’t work like that.

  66. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 13, 2017 at 8:23 am

    my hope is that this Online subscription is for being able to play online anywhere (without needing to connect to a wi-fi)

  67. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    They’re not free when you have to pay for it…

  68. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 13, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I see no appeal to playing online with random asshats, so it doesn’t bother me.

  69. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    January 13, 2017 at 10:28 am

    You don’t get region-locking, but you pay for online multiplayer.

    Why is there always a catch for these things?

  70. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Well then these people must be stupid because the PS Plus didn’t got better,it got worse.

  71. Gin Tosh
    Gin Tosh
    January 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    So…this is basically a Vita.

    Take away crappy proprietary overpriced storage, add TV out. Add tons and tons of gimmicks and some graphical bells and whistles. Switch=Vita 1.2

    Looking at all the aliasing and massive pop-in for Mario Odyssey, the graphics seem to range from Vita tier to Wii U tier due to the new Vulkan API.

    Half of the library will look pretty underwhelming on a standard HD television so I can’t consider this a true home console.

  72. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    That’s not how contracts work. Unless you are paying for a randomly selected two games which is not a stipend in the Plus contract they are technically perks of the program. You pay for access to the services and it comes with two free games monthly. Like Amazon Prime and free shows, music, and other bonuses.

  73. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 13, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    the Vita has free online.

  74. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 13, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    that’s one dumbass who thought it was a good idea, doesn’t apply to the majority of games.

  75. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    That’s pretty cool. I’d love to go back and play a few of them, but doesn’t this run into the issue that the console has abysmal memory?

  76. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Sometimes, other times it’s first party titles or third party titles of substance.

  77. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t think the NES/SNES games will take up too much space, but I can’t imagine the NS having a big HD, which could be a problem for other games.

  78. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    January 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Do people even play Vita games online?

  79. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I do ocassionally. granted the games I to play are Senran Kagura, Freedom Wars and Valkyrie Drive.

  80. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 14, 2017 at 1:04 am

    That’s not how paying for things works. It doesn’t matter if it’s random or not, if you only get it because you hand over money, you are paying for it. That’s like when idiots don’t understand how taxes work and think governments provide things for “free”.

    The main reason I pay for Amazon Prime is for the fast shipping, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m still paying for the music and movies that I rarely use.

  81. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:24 am

    “localizers” BTFO

    Paid online though… I expect a massive drop in Spla2n players once that kicks in.

  82. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I’m also a Nintendo fanboy but they can shove paid online right up their semitic asses.

    Not gonna get Splatoon 2 or any other online heavy game.

  83. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Kimishima is a banker after all who loves shekels.

  84. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Nintendo will let you have one NEs game for a month topek

  85. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:36 am

    There will be an Ethernet adapter to buy of course.

    And it’s gonna cost 30 buxx+ because fuck you :^)

  86. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    January 14, 2017 at 6:15 am

    So you admit that games can work that way.

  87. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    January 14, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Very good point.

  88. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I didn’t know about that thing, that I do know, yes. but the point is that almost everybody ISN’T gonna make them that way.

  89. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    January 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Unless NOA and NOJ decides to fuck everyone over by making region locking of the games a thing to protect the poor children and women from seeing problematic content…

  90. Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    Loli de 42 Anos Atrasada no SQ
    January 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    at this point it’s all speculation. Forgive me if I rather have a more optmistic view, but I doubt they’d do that.

  91. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    All picked by the angry gamer nerd.

  92. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    My sentiments exactly. This is one reason I hate my Wii U. 4 games and I hit my limit because of the mandatory installs and large save files. This will be averted thanks to saves now being on the cartridges, but still any downloaded content will have to be on console, so it has me concerned.

    I’ll be revisiting the console around Christmas next year, so by then we’ll know for sure, or have solutions.

  93. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I’m not sure if saves will be on the cartridges. The saves on the Vita are on the console itself.

  94. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    January 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    True. And if the Switch is easy to crack, people will lap up mods for it.
    It’s not like anyone’s gonna take the system online for that cost anyway. ;p

  95. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 14, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Dang, I was hoping they were on the cartridges, guess I shouldn’t have assumed they were.