In an interview with the reputable Japanese publication The Nikkei, Nintendo‘s President Tatsumi Kimishima shed some light on a few things. Kimishima touched on Nintendo‘s VR stance, as well as their controversial plans to charge for online subscriptions.
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When Nintendo revealed after their Switch demonstration that they would be charging to play games online, the masses scoffed. Nintendo, by far the least advanced as far as online platforms go, demanding a premium barrier? Then news tricked out that there will likely be free Virtual Console games included. And now today, a seemingly fair price.
Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO of the Tokyo-based Katan Games consultancy, pulled the information from the aforementioned Nikkei article. Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that Nintendo wouldn’t be charging the $50 to $60 currently asked by Sony and Microsoft. Instead, Nintendo is mainly trying to cover their operating costs:
2) Kimishima says the yearly fees make it easier for Nintendo to support online features such as multiplayer or downloads of classic games.
— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) February 1, 2017
According to the above Tweets from Toto, Nintendo is looking to charge somewhere around $25 for their yearly subscription models. A price that doesn’t seem too outlandish. While this information seems legit, we’ll have to wait a few more months on official structuring from Nintendo.
Toto also states that Nintendo is actively studying VR options for the Nintendo Switch. Kimishima posits the problem of VR fatigue, as users can’t currently play for “hours without problems.” However, with the specs we’ve seen up until this point, it’s unlikely that the Switch in its current state could hand VR titles anyway.