Rumour - Nintendo Italy: Paid Nintendo Switch Online Service Delayed To Fall 2018

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Nintendo Switch Online, the paid online service for Nintendo’s hybrid console, was originally meant to launch in Fall 2017 after the trial became available with Splatoon 2. However, we haven’t heard about it in a long time and for good reason.

As you can read below, on the Italian website it is now explained that the paid subscription service will be available in Fall (Autumn) 2018. That’s a pretty huge delay and one has to wonder whether Nintendo is simply having infrastructure issues or perhaps there will be new features to entice players to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online. As a reminder, we’ve included below the official feature list confirmed by Nintendo at the time.

Of course, availability could vary between territories though it would be quite weird in this day and age where services and even games launch day and date globally.

https://wccftech.com/nintendo-switch-online-delayed-fall-2018/
 
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Hopefully it means a substantial Switch update to include party chat, messaging, and game invites at the system level.

But who am I kidding. Nintendo won't do it, and there will be people proclaiming from the heavens that they don't want those features because they don't use them.
 

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If it isn’t a screw up from the site then good, I’m not paying for this. Right now it’s needs a lot of improvement.
 
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Pretty amazed that the article takes a mention on a country-specific website (while all other websites don't have that mention) and sells it as factual delay (wording it like it was official) without doing any verification or even mentioning the possibility of a mistake.

I've seen it as well and reached out to Nintendo Italy for a clarification. Doubt they're gonna respond very soon tho, they all have an OOO notice. I would definitely not consider it an official delay, for now, tho.
 
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Hopefully it means a substantial Switch update to include party chat, messaging, and game invites at the system level.

But who am I kidding. Nintendo won't do it, and there will be people proclaiming from the heavens that they don't want those features because they don't use them.
I dunno them delaying it due to the reaction to the phone apps seems like a safe bet.
 
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I wouldn't mind this at all if it was gating the Virtual Console away from us.

I mean, if Nintendo needs to rebuild the features away from their crazy mobile app scheme, all the better, but give us our VC.
 
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Hopefully this means it has real improvements over what's there right now and not half-assed like literally every other attempt at online Nintendo has ever done.
 
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That sounds like music to my ears.
I guess they will release it with a major online focused game?

Personally they should keep it free imo. The Switch is doing pretty well anyway and not every console needs paid online especially not a Nintendo one with their online history so far.

It would also be a great sellin point.
 
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I don't really understand how they're gonna weather asking people to pay money for access to online after they've been conditioned to having it for free for a year and a half.
 
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I'm not taking this too hard at face value since A) It's only on Nintendo Italy's site B) It could easily just be a leftover from when it was planned for Fall 2017, and subjective C) Next fall is waaaaaay too late to launch paid online without getting some form of backlash. Not to mention it was always just "2018" so Fall wouldn't technically be a delay even if it is true. It's not great of WCCF to treat this as more than just a rumour. I guess all we can do is wait for the January direct.
 
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I don't really understand how they're gonna weather asking people to pay money for access to online after they've been conditioned to having it for free for a year and a half.
If the subscription truly turns out to be $20 a year, then most people will be OK with paying that. It's hardly breaking the bank, especially considering all the Switch owners (and gamers, in general) who spend so much money on games that they never end up playing anyway.
 

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Waiting for what exactly? We can play online now and barely know what they are going to include.
Virtual Console and people are hoping for the basics that other systems have like text based messaging and even more unlikely, voice chat via the system itself without an app.
 

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As many people have correctly said on Twitter, the service was not delayed. Nintendo Japan only ever gave a 2018 release date. If anything they narrowed down the time.
 
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Yeah, I'm going to guess it launches with an unannounced marquee title that requires it, maybe even first year included with it for free, as per Nintendo custom. Probably talked about at the January Direct.
 
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This is far from a solid source (someone could've made a mistake somewhere) but amazing if true. Hoping they delay it until Switch 2 or better yet, cancel it.

Pokémon could make a lot of players pay for online, though.
 
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