Reggie Fils-Aime: Why Nintendo is charging money for the Switch’s Online Services

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As it was announced last week, you will have an online paid service of Nintendo Switch, but this is not the only change, because the friend codea will be discarded.

According to the president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, the company is focused on changing its online service completely, and it seems that they are turning to see what to offer like Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network, as they have mentioned that they are looking for a strong digital presence to change the bad reputation that Nintendo has achieved with online games.

The president of Nintendo of America talked about the decision to put a fee to the online service of Nintendo Switch, mentioning that the big multiplayer games require in these times a greater investment to pay off servers.

“People have taken shots at us for that. The reality is, the way that online experiences have progressed, it’s an expensive proposition,” Fils-Aime said in an interview with CNET. “The amount of servers we need to support Smash Brothers or Mario Kart — these big multiplayer games — is not a small investment. There are no friend codes within what we’re doing.”

On the other hand, he also confirmed that friend codes will no longer be needed to interact between players. “There are no friend codes within what we’re doing,” he said. No doubt this will represent a big step for Nintendo users, because it means that the connection between users will be easier.

For now, Nintendo has not revealed the price of the online subscription, but we know that it will be available for free until the end of 2017. Some features they offer are lobby for multiplayer games, voice chat and the ability to play a NES or SNES title for 30 days at no extra price.