Nintendo has just published out a new article on its official What's New news page, and it seemed pretty normal at first. 'Make the most of your Nintendo Switch' covers all the usual things you can do with your handy bit of hybrid hardware, but tucked at the bottom was a sneaky little announcement on the future of the coming Nintendo Switch Online Service and its paid multiplayer infrastructure:

“Online services and features. including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2019.”

2019? Really? While the official date was largely floating around 2018, the delay to 2019 seemed like quite the surprising change to the schedule. However, moments later the page was hastily updated with almost no changes, except:

Online services and features. including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018.

Is Nintendo having a quick midnight troll? Nope, it was just an unfortunate typo. According to a tweet by YouTuber GameXplain , Nintendo confirmed it was just an error. So 2018 it is. And while we don't know exactly when the new service will launch, at least we know it'll be before the year is out.

So the Nintendo Switch Online Service is still on track for this year. What are you hoping for when the full setup is revealed and implemented? Tell us, please...

[via nintendo.com]