Ask any Nintendo fan about the company’s track record with line multiplayer, and you’ll hear the hard truth: it’s the one thing the company just never got right. From the Wii, to the Wii U and even into the modern era of the Nintendo Switch, the company’s game consoles have been hampered by friend codes, confusing (or absent) voice chat systems and inconsistent performance for years. Still, fans often forgave the company. After all, unlike Microsoft and Sony’s services, it was free. It’s hard to argue with free. That excuse doesn’t work anymore. Nintendo recently launched its Nintendo Switch Online service, which places most of the console’s online multiplayer behind a paywall. What is it? Think of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus, but for Nintendo: It’s the key to multiplayer gaming on the Nintendo Switch. If you want to play games like Splatoon 2 or Rocket League online, you’ll need to pay for the privilege. The service costs $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 if you pay for a full year in advance. It isn’t all about online multiplayer, though. The Nintendo Switch Online service also gives subscribers a library of classic games, support for cloud… Read full this story
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