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Nintendo Announces Online Service Details

by on May 7, 2018

We have all been eagerly anticipating more news about Nintendo’s online service.  And this evening, Nintendo gave us more details on pricing and the launch date, which is September 2018!

Nintendo Switch Online allows users to enjoy online play with compatible Switch games and access NES games with added online functionality.  It was also announced that there will be cloud data backup for your saved game file!  Additionally, online subscribers will be able to use additional features on the smartphone app, which will apparently enhance the online experience.

So what will it cost?  The prices are pretty affordable!  One month membership is $3.99, three months is $7.99, and a year membership is $19.99.  A family membership will be available for $34.99, which allows up to 8 Nintendo account holders to access Switch Online.

Again, subscribers will have access to a collection of NES games.  The collection will initially include 20 games, with more added on a regular basis.  At launch, previously announced games Balloon FightDr. Mario and Super Mario Bros.  3 will be joined by Donkey KongIce ClimberThe Legend of ZeldaMario Bros.SoccerSuper Mario Bros. and Tennis.  An additional 10 launch games will be announced in the future.  Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and “pass the controller” at any time. Every classic NES game will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app*. It will also be possible to play these games offline.

For starters, I am very happy it is only 20 bucks for a year.  The chance to play select NES games online is very intriguing.  We’ll have to wait and see how many NES games will appear in the future and which games have an online feature.  Will we see SNES or N64 games?  I certainly hope so!

What do you guys think?  Let us know in the comments!

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