Ever since Nintendo finally announced the Switch, the console has been plagued by issues. Being able to purchase one is nearly impossible because they're never available. Some who have bought them have had issues with the screen or controllers. As it appears, the issues don't end here.
Nintendo has announced that the Switch Online service, which was planned to launch later this year, has been delayed to sometime in 2018. Nintendo did not announce a new planned date, or even a month - just next year. This is not an ideal scenario for owners who were hoping to experience the full feature set of the online service, which currently are not available.
The features that are coming with Switch Online are obviously not required to use the system, as owners have been using the system without the service for 3 months. That feature set, however, contains a number of features that gamers have come to expect from a modern gaming platform. Online chat, which is a standard feature of other platforms, is going to be a paid feature for the Switch.
The service, when it is fully available, will run $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 for a full year.