Nintendo States That Switch's Lifecycle Could Be Longer Than We Think

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

We know how much a membership will cost, but, outside of access to online play and voice chat, Nintendo hasn't shared all the details yet regarding what you get for your dollars. Now, during a recent Q&A session President Tatsumi Kimishima and Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi have revealed that this online service will be "worth the wait".

"When you think about what can be done with the Nintendo Switch as a device that can be taken on the go and that every person has in their hands to play, you realize it has many features not available on any other hardware to date. That is why we want to apply substantial resources to the online service, with the thinking that we will devote our energies to making this a for-pay service".

Kimishima had talked about the service in the past as well, noting that it was a "paid subscription service that expands the online functionality of the Nintendo Switch". "As for how we plan to popularize the service, it is less about the mechanism and more a question of what kinds of products we can offer, and the spread of the service will depend on whether consumers want what we offer".

It seems like we've been waiting forever for Nintendo to establish its devoted online service for the Nintendo Switch, bringing with it on-demand classics and advanced multiplayer features - and for a surprisingly small price.

"Up until now", Miyamoto recently told investors, "the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that life cycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that". We reported previously that the service would launch in 2018, and now the official start time has been set to September 2018.

Overall, the response to the Nintendo Switch has been great so far, with its global sales recently topping the 15 million mark.