Nintendo’s paid online service was delayed until September 2018…
We weren’t given a lot of information about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch when the trailer dropped at the very end of the last Direct. The only clue we were given about its release date was that it would be coming out before the end of 2018.
It’s pretty clear that Nintendo is intentionally withholding a lot of information about this game right now. While the game has finally been confirmed to be in production, there are still a number of mysteries surrounding the upcoming entry in this an favorite franchise.
Is this just a port of the Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U to the Nintendo Switch? Many have speculated that this is a brand new iteration of the series. A number of clues seem to be pointing to this.
We likely won’t be getting much in the way of new information until E3 this year. This big event starts on Jun 12, 2018 and will end on Jun 14, 2018. Confirmation about when the game will be releasing will probably be dropped then.
From a business perspective, there is a logical guess we can make about which month this Smash Bros. title might be made available to the public…
Originally, Nintendo’s paid subscription service was supposed to be available with the Nintendo Switch at launch. It would inevitably be delayed until 2018.
In the meantime, online interactions on Nintendo’s latest console will be completely free. Don’t worry though — some services will always be free.
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Even without paying any money, users will always be able to access the Nintendo eShop, register and manage friends, share screenshots to social media, and access the Nintendo Switch parental controls app.
Online gameplay and the Nintendo Switch online app will only remain free until the launch of the paid subscription service. People will also be able to access a classic game selection and Nintendo eShop deals.
Despite the fact that we’ll be charged for something that we previously got for free, Nintendo representatives have assured fans that future announcements would be “worth the wait,” according to IGN.
There will be a one month membership, three month membership, and a twelve month membership. They will cost $3.99, $7.99, and $19.99 respectively.
So what game would get fans extremely excited and ready to pay for the ability to play online multiplayer? For me personally, Smash Bros. might be the only title I actually go out of my way to pay for as far as online goes — though that’s not to say I wouldn’t play other games online.
It would be especially important for some title to essentially serve as the service’s flagship game. We obviously don’t know for sure, but there is certainly a possibility that information about Smash Bros. has been withheld until very recently as we approach September 2018. We assume that the game is mostly complete if it’s going to release before the end of the year.
Should the game not release by September, then we can probably expect it to release before the holiday season. More than likely, this would be before November’s Black Friday in the United States.
Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Source: Nintendo website.