Online gaming will be available for Nintendo Switch owners starting in 2018, and just like XBox and Playstation, it's gonna cost you. The service will launch at with a $20 a year price tag, which is fairly reasonable compared to the competition.
The great news for Switch owners is that online play will continue free of cost until the official launch in 2018. After that the $20 price tag kicks in, or you can choose to pay monthly at a cost of $3.99 or three months for $7.99.
In addition to multiplayer access, the new subscription service also opens up eShop deals, meaning members will get money off new games bought through Nintendo’s digital download platform. Also included in that fee is access to classic games from Nintendo’s back catalog, updated with multiplayer support and playable on the new console. Nintendo had originally indicated that these games would only be available for download for a month at a time, similar to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service, but the company today confirmed that all the games under this umbrella would be available for all subscribers in a library.
At launch, the service will only carry NES games, although it is unknown at this time which one will be available. Down the road, Nintendo is open to possibly adding SNES games as well.