The release of the Nintendo Switch Online service is only a month away, yet there still seem to be some teething problems that Nintendo haven't resolved yet, as they still can't lock down an actual release date for the service.
Nintendo has sent out a message to all Nintendo Switch users to remind them of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service and how it will be required to play certain games online.
The message also states that the Nintendo Switch Online will be launching in the "second half of September" without giving an actual date for when it becomes available, even though it's only a few weeks away.
The fans have had the impression that Nintendo has bitten off more than they can chew with the introduction of a paid online service, as it has already received a significant delay when it was pushed back to the latter half of 2018.
Nintendo's previous online services have been poor compared to their competition, but it was hard to complain, as Nintendo's online service was the only one that was free, at least on consoles.
The online service for games like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U was especially poor, with online matches almost always suffering from lag, even during one-on-one matches that didn't use any items.
The fact that Nintendo is now charging for their online services means that the fans are expecting a certain level of quality. If Nintendo cannot provide a similar level of service to what Microsoft and Sony are offering, then they will find that many fans will turn away from their system.
Games like ARMS and Splatoon 2 have had decent online services since their release, with the exact quality different from area to area. The strength of each individual player's Internet connection also plays a large role in how much lag there is, so it's hard to pinpoint whether any of the issues are the fault of Nintendo or people with a weak connection.
The fact that Nintendo is offering their old 8-bit games as free downloads isn't much of an incentive unless you happen to be a huge fan of Balloon Fight. If the service adds games from the Super Nintendo or GameCube era in the future, then that will likely be enough to tempt a lot of fans to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online, but as it stands, the games on offer aren't worth the fee.
Nintendo Switch Online will launch sometime in the latter half of September, barring any more delays.