After multiple delays, Nintendo may have finally decided on a launch window for their upcoming online service, according to a post by the Nintendo of America Twitter account.
Nintendo Switch Online is expected to launch in the back half of September. From that point on, users who subscribe will have access to cloud saves, a library of NES games (with a new online feature), and online play. No specific date has been announced so far. While the tweet was made by the American Nintendo account, the website implies that this date will be worldwide.
Currently, there is a variety of pricing options for the online service, $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months, and $19.99 for 12 months. Alternatively, families can invest in the Family Membership plan, which will add up to 8 people onto one plan for a set $34.99 a year.
While paid online services have been standard with other consoles for a number of years, this is a new decision by Nintendo. Before this, online services were available at no cost. The company's online play quality was generally considered lacking, however, and many hope this new, paid approach will lead to higher quality online play.
The free NES games are just topping on the cake.