Later this year, Nintendo will be rolling out it’s paid online service. A free trial period started in March to entice early adopters pick up the service in Autumn.
However, judging by the current state of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s online, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be worth it.
A couple of hours with the game online shows haunting reminders of Nintendo’s lack of online oomph. The hallmarks of long waiting times, random dropouts and latency issues that have plagued Nintendo’s online services for years, are still present.
All of these issues have been about during the free-online era of Nintendo consoles, but now the games giant expects it’s consumers to pay for the experience, without making any reasonable improvements.
On the plus side, the eShop seems much improved to it’s Wii U counterpart, which suffered from slow download speeds and downtime during big launches.
While the price of the service has yet to be announced, judging by the lack of quality in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s online, it’s not going to be worth the price, regardless of the fluff Nintendo will try to sell you.