Nintendo recently published its financial results briefing for its previous fiscal year, and it revealed an interesting tidbit about its mysterious Switch Online subscription service.
According to the briefing, Nintendo will reveal more information about Switch Online “will be presented on [Nintendo’s] website in early May.” It’s unclear whether this will be part of a bigger Nintendo Direct presentation, but the last time that Nintendo discussed its plans for Switch Online, company president Tatsumi Kimishima stated that the “next announcement [about Switch Online] will be worth the wait.”
Switch Online is scheduled to launch as Nintendo’s version of PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold in September. The service was originally scheduled to launch in 2017, but Nintendo delayed the launch to make sure that its features were “world class,” according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé.
Other than how much it will cost, we know very little about Switch Online’s functionality or features. However, one of those features—Classic Game Selection—will give subscribers unlimited access to a library of classic games. So far, the only games Nintendo has confirmed as Classic Game Selection titles are Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario, but we’re guessing that Nintendo will announce more titles in a few short weeks, especially seeing as how Kimishima stated that the plan for popularizing Switch Online is “less about the mechanism and more a question of what kinds of products we can offer.” This statement definitely makes it sound as if Classic Game Selection will be a major focus of Switch Online.
It’s interesting to note that Kimishima will not be overseeing the launch of Switch Online, as Nintendo recently announced that the president will be stepping down in June. Instead, head of global marketing Shuntaro Furukawa will be stepping in as president. Furukawa oversaw the marketing and sales strategies of the Switch’s launch, so it sounds like the Switch Online’s launch is in good hands, at least in terms of messaging.
We also suspect that Switch Online will get at least a little air time during Nintendo’s E3 2018 briefing, which will occur on June 12th at 9 a.m. PT. The main focus, however, will be new Switch titles launching throughout the rest of 2018, including the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros.