Nintendo Switch Online Details Revealed by Nintendo

Posted May 09, 2018

Those on the Switch can at last prepare for Nintendo's online service which has been in the works for quite some time now.

The service will launch in September.

One of the biggest changes coming to the Nintendo Switch in September this year, is that the online component will no longer be free. Subscribers can also download a selection of classic NES titles, some with additional online play, such as Dr. Mario, Balloon Fight, and Super Mario Bros. 3.

The plan with the classic games is to start off with 20 games, with more to be added "on a regular basis". The addition of cloud saves is a very welcome addition, as all Switch save data is tied to the console, prohibiting owners from transferring their data between consoles even in cases where their console breaks.

Nintendo has revealed that the subscription will be tied to an account and not the hardware, so if two people share one console, one of them won't be able to use the other's membership unless they log into their account.

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Perhaps the most exciting thing about Nintendo Switch Online is that the service unlocks access to a library of NES game with added newly-online multiplayer. It will also be possible to play these games offline. With the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, you can also voice chat during your play sessions.

The Switch's subscription will also give you access to the smartphone app - which is now free - and 20 NES games. Finally we will be able to back our saves up to the cloud.

It's now unknown if Nintendo will add other platforms to Nintendo Switch Online's playable library of games, but hopefully they'll have more to say about the service at this year's E3 Expo.

Nintendo Switch owners have been clamoring for an online subscription service like Sony's PlayStation Plus or Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold.

Nintendo didn't further detail how the service will roll out or the exact release date. "Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action", Nintendo said on its website. There's also a £31.49 yearly family membership that includes access for up to eight Nintendo Accounts. Yep, no GameCube virtual console is planned as has been rumored since the Wii - no Virtual Console at all is planned, actually.