Nintendo Switch Online Service has been detailed.

Nintendo has announced detailed of Switch Online Services, the console’s equivalent of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.

The good news is that Switch Online Services will cost you $20 per year if you buy in via the cheapest option. That’s significantly cheaper than the $60 annual subscription Microsoft and Sony ask for.

If you prefer to subscribe to Switch Online Services in smaller chunks, you can purchase $4 monthly blocks, or three months for $8. These prices are in USD, as usual; no localised pricing had been announced at time of publication.

As well as providing special eShop discounts, voice chat via a smartphone app, Switch Online Services grants members access to a collection of Classic Game Selections remixed with online features. Nintendo highlighted Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario as examples.

The bad news is that Switch Online Services won’t be available until sometime in 2018. Access to online multiplayer on Switch will remain free until the service goes live, though.

Below you’ll find the updated summary of what you get as a member of Switch Online Services as opposed to a free player. More details on switch Online Services are available on Nintendo’s website.

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Nintendo Online Services had originally been expected to launch during 2017.

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