Nintendo Switch’s online service could cost under S$40 a year

Nintendo has found a way to our hearts, through our wallets

For years Sony and Microsoft have been battling to be top dog of online console gaming. But Nintendo’s upcoming console comes with a competitive price point that might be a game changer.

According to a tweet earlier today by industry expert Dr. Serkan Toto, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has indicated the online service will cost 2,000 to 3,000 yen per year. After conversion, this would mean S$25 to S$37 annually.

However this is not the confirmed annual subscription fee as it may differ in other regions outside Japan. But if Nintendo does implement this price range globally, it’s a competitive price against Playstation Plus’s S$43.90 and Xbox Live Gold’s S$84.90 annual fees.

Not much else has been said about Nintendo’s upcoming online service for the Switch but we do know that it will support online gameplay (of course), online voice chat, exclusive deals and free monthly NES and Super NES games. But unlike Sony’s and Microsoft’s memberships, the free monthly titles will only be playable for that month.

A smartphone app will also be available for gamers to connect with their friends online.

The inexpensive price for the online service makes a good pair with the relatively affordable console, which is estimated to cost around S$420.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one, here’s where you can pre-order them in Singapore.