President Kimishima mentioned that Switch Online as "one component of our efforts to diversify how games are played and to get people to play more of our games". As TechCrunch reports, it seems Nintendo has hardware partner Nvidia to thank for this being possible.
In an investor call, Nintendo Director and Creative Lead Shigeru Miyamoto laid out some ambitious plans for the Nintendo Switch. Later that month they confirmed it was possible due to a bootrom bug, which can't be patched for any existing Switch hardware.
Nintendo has promised to bring the update to users in North America, Europe, as well as Japan.
My Nintendo aficionados will have another use for their Gold Points in March of this year - you'll be able to spend them on software for the Nintendo Switch according to a news post on Nintendo's United Kingdom website. Do you think you would use your Gold Points on buying eShop software for the Nintendo Switch or are the exclusive products a better value?
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And speaking of price cuts, Nintendo Switch eShop games are about to get a lot cheaper.
Nintendo stated that its new service will let players enjoy online gaming, and it will launch with a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Switch system and helps you connect with friends or find sessions they're playing in relevant games (similarly to PSN and its mobile functionality).
Nintendo also didn't reveal if this comes with any limitations, such certain games being excluded, or a limit to the number of points you can use per purchase. Previously, you were only able to use your balance on in-game items, discounts, and things of that nature. If you have any of these games on your wishlist, now could be a good time to buy them.