This is why the Nintendo Switch online service isn't free

The Nintendo Switch is a bittersweet thing for gamers, especially for Nintendo fans. On the one hand, it is a truly revolutionary gaming device that captures many of the desires of gamers. On the other hand, its is riddled with small problems left and right that detract from the full enjoyment of the gaming console/handheld. Although not a great deal breaker for many, one of those "problems" is the company's decision to charge for its accompanying online service. And here is why.

Actually, the answer probably won't end the complaints and criticisms as it reeks of marketing speak. At the same time, however, it does make a bit of sense, provided Nintendo follows through. Its previous online services, for the Wii U for example, are offered for free because of its limited functionality. Nintendo, however, says it plans to do more.

Company executives said that they plan to offer services that, up until now, have not been available on any other console. They don't however, offer any clue as to what those could be. Currently, the Switch online service covers chat, parental controls, monthly free downloads, and the like. Those services will cost Nintendo money and so, in order to have some assurance of quality, it has to charge users for it.

It's still a disappointing change for Nintendo fans who have been used to the old business model, but, then again, the Switch is no old, conventional gaming device. It does show at least some desire to innovate on Nintendo's part, a rare thing for the gaming giant. That said, promises and plans don't always come to pass, so it's still a "wait and see" affair.

The explanation for the paid online subscription is just one small part of a lengthy interview between Japanese gaming website Famitsu and Nintendo execs Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi. Hit the link below for the English transcript of the interview that also sheds some light on the behind the scenes development of what is still the most talked-about new console this year.

VIA: Nintendo Everything