We’re less than six weeks away from the launch of the Nintendo Switch, but you wouldn’t know it given how tight-lipped Nintendo still is about their new hybrid console. The big presentation the company gave in Tokyo earlier this month confirmed some major system features and games, but it also introduced a whole bunch of new questions in the process. While information has continued to trickle out in the days and weeks following the presentation, there are still a surprising number of details we don’t yet know about the Switch.
Here are the most important things we’re still waiting for Nintendo to confirm about the Switch:
How Much Will The Online Service Be?
While it’s not surprising to see Nintendo go the paid online service route with the Switch — after all, Microsoft and Sony have been charging money for their services for years — it was more than a little disconcerting to see the company drop that bomb without backing it up with much in the way of details. Sure, we know that the Switch’s online service will give users access to multiplayer, software discounts, and a free NES or SNES game each month, but besides the free game, these are things that both the Wii U and 3DS offer for free.
Nintendo has so far been unable to justify why they’re going the premium route or more importantly, why consumers should pay for the service in the first place. Nintendo’s approach to online in the past has been woefully lacking in comparison to its predecessors and so the onus is on them to convince gamers that these services should be kept behind a paywall. Unfortunately, since Nintendo has so far neither done this or even provided pricing details, the Switch’s online service remains largely a mystery.