Today, Nintendo revealed their Super Bowl commercial detailing the Nintendo Switch, which shows off the console's numerous features and games. The extended cut of the ad focuses on the hardware’s versatility by showcasing all the many ways (and places) people can play the Switch.
Interspersed between displays of functionality are clips of the console’s biggest launch titles including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In addition, Nintendo unveiled a few of its more party-oriented games from 1-2-Switch, including the quick draw and fencing minigames.
A through line of the video is the amount of connectivity the console possesses, but online Switch multiplayer will not be available for free. Some form of subscription model has long been rumored for the Switch, and this week Nintendo finally confirmed the service and its price point. In an interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the service will cost between 2,000 and 3,000 yen per year ($17.74 and $26.62 at the time of this article).
The high end of the estimation would make the Switch’s online multiplayer less than half the yearly cost of Xbox Live and PS Plus. However, Nintendo’s free games included with the subscription won’t stay that way for long. One NES or SNES game will be made available for free every month, but the title will stay free for only the month in question. Nintendo does plan on adding online functionality to these 8 and 16-bit titles.
Another contentious aspect of the service is the way Nintendo has incorporated social elements within the Switch’s online platform. Gamers will need to download a dedicated mobile app in order to partake in voice chat and online lobbies. These components will not be accessible anywhere on the console itself, and neither will the Miiverse network currently found on the Wii U and 3DS.
Did this new trailer get you any more jazzed to buy Nintendo’s (or rather that inevitable eBay scalper’s) Switch? Is Nintendo’s online service, although cheaper than its competition, worth the money in your estimation? Let us know in the comments below!