I don't play much online on any of my consoles (PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch) but from what I played of the Switch online, I don't notice much of a difference. I mean, I can see why someone might not like using their phones, but everyone already HAS a phone so it saves money on added accessories so I get it.
The online clarity was perfect (No different than my XBL and PSN experiences), the performance was at a 4/5 (Again, same as my PSN and XBL experiences), and the price was great in comparison.
sure, the free games you get on XBL and PSN are better, but you also pay a much, much higher fee for those. I'd say, in terms of performance and features when compared to price, Nintendo Switch online is the best deal! It's on par, performance wise, with its competition at a fraction of the price. Could it be better? yeah, it could. Would I be willing to pay more? Yes, I would. Did I take advantage of the family plan and end up paying a paltry 6.25 CAD a year? yes, I did.
Not only is this TOTALLY worth it, but I'd have happily paid the 24.99 a year for a solo option if I needed to. I just know that my team enjoys this.
Having spent a dozen hours or so on Mariokart and Super mario Bros. 3 since Tuesday, I can say I'm not only happy with the performance but impressed! Nintendo has done a good job, and I don't think it's fair to whine about 'but it used to be free' because, well, this shit costs money. Pay money, you cheapasses. If you are a mature, responsible adult, you should be willing to pay for the things you use. Videogames are a luxury, not an essential resource. If you can't afford to pay for online, then maybe you should be focusing on, I dunno, feeding yourself or paying your heat bill. If you have a switch and online play is important, bloody well pay for it.
My Console Library:
PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, WiiU, Wii, GCN, N64 SNES, XBO, 360
3DS, DS, GBA, Vita, PSP, Android
Top 6 this generation:
Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls III, Red Dead Redemption II, Rock Band 4