While their competitors have done so for years, Nintendo has finally decided to start charging for their online service with their latest console. This news came as a shock to some fans, Nintendo first announcing the premium service at their January Switch presentation. However, an interview with Famitsu revealed why Nintendo decided to make such a move. Check out their answer below.
You also plan to start charging for the online service come fall. It’s only natural in this current age, but can you tell us again why you chose to charge for it, and what sort of services it will entail?
Takahashi: We decided to charge for the service because we are concerned with customer satisfaction. We’ll be maintaining the online service and providing new services that we haven’t had up until now, and there are costs associated with those. We’d also like to maintain a stable playing experience and provide proper support. We are working to prepare all of the features until the service begins in the fall of 2017, and details on the service will be available at a later time.