With the year about to close, one of Nintendo's anticipated services will likely be pushed further to next year.
According to a report from WCCFTech, Nintendo's official Italian website said that the gaming giant's Nintendo Switch Online service will officially launch in 2018. The message, which was posted by the website earlier this week, initially mentioned a Fall of 2018 timeframe, but the detail has already been changed and updated to just "2018," the WCCFTech report noted.
According to the Nintendo Italy post, the registration for the paid service begins next year with no definite month or season mentioned. "With this paid service you have access to online multiplayer and a dedicated smart device app that connects to your Nintendo Switch console and helps you connect with your friends for online gaming sessions," the post read.
"More details on the service will be available before the official launch of the service. This service will be available free of charge until its official launch in 2018," the post added.
A report from Destructoid noted that the Switch Online service was initially set for launching Fall of this year. Earlier this year, Nintendo explained in an interview with Kotaku that the service will cost $20 annually, while monthly and quarterly subscriptions will also be available at $4 and $8, respectively.
"Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play," Nintendo told Kotaku. "Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription." Moreover, the company also said subscribers will also get to enjoy a number of classic titles such as "Dr. Mario," "Balloon Fight," and "Super Mario Bros. 3."
Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that it had already sold over 10 million Switch units since the console was launched in March. Moreover, the company said that it has increased its fiscal year target to 14 million units for their flagship console.