Nintendo Switch Paid Online Service 2018 Launch Confirmed: 2019 Was A Typo


The Nintendo Switch is a spectacular console. It sold more units in December than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's consistently getting excellent games, like the recently announced Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and, believe it or not, Dark Souls: Remastered.

But no console is perfect, and that's best exemplified by the Switch not having some of the most basic features a console should have, like cloud saving, a Netflix app, an online multiplayer services. It was scheduled to launch in the fall of 2017, but that didn't happen. Now, it's being delayed again.

Nintendo Switch Paid Online Service Release Date

Nintendo has posted a new article on its website about making the most out of one's Switch console, but everyone freaked out when they saw that the paid online service wasn't going to launch until 2019.

No need to panic, Switch fans: it was just a simple typographical error, as My Nintendo News points out. The article now states a 2018 release schedule for the console's multiplayer features, and the other perks included in the subscription-based service.

It's still not clear when in 2018 Nintendo plans to roll out the service, but fans are absolutely eager to finally test it out. It's equally not clear what's causing the delay, but some fans speculate that Nintendo is having trouble with the online infrastructure and is probably ironing out several kinks. At present, the Switch's online capabilities serve as an unfortunate blemish in an otherwise near-perfect console.

Other Things The Switch Still Needs

Aside from the online service, there are many other things the Switch still lacks, like virtual console titles, support for connecting Bluetooth headphones, and most important of all, cloud saving. This feature could be a godsend for gamers who have to send in their Switch for repair because they wouldn't have to lose their gaming data and start all over again in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when they get their console back.

There's no hint as to when Nintendo could drop more details about the paid online service, but gamers speculate that there's going to be a Nintendo Direct event soon, and that's certainly the perfect venue for Nintendo to explain a little bit more about the subscription service.

Are you also waiting for the paid online service on the Nintendo Switch? Do you think Nintendo will include an option for cloud saving once it arrives? As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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