New Details Revealed for Nintendo Switch Online

Gwen Vasquez
May 9, 2018

Additionally, those with a premium Nintendo Network account will gain access to cloud saves for data storage.

For months, Nintendo has been stoking people's expectations for their upcoming paid online service [VIDEO] for the Nintendo Switch. Among those available at launch are Super Mario Bros 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Some games will support online play which Nintendo calls "pass the controller mode" for single player games.

Of course, all of these services are gated behind a paywall, but Nintendo Switch Online's cost is substantially less than those of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.

The plan with the classic games is to start off with 20 games, with more to be added "on a regular basis". One month will cost $3.99 USD, three months costing $7.99 USD, and finally twelve months will be $19.99 USD. To make up for its absence, a spokesperson said Nintendo might release retro games on the eShop in collections.

In terms of freebies, the service will come with Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, where classic 8-bit NES titles will be playable both on and offline.

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Finally, the company has announced cloud saving for the Switch (only included for Nintendo Online subscribers). However Nintendo has laid all speculation to rest, confirming that Nintendo Virtual Console will not be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, the downside to multiplayer gaming is the need to download the Nintendo Switch Online app on your mobile device to chat with friends. It will give users full voice control for chatting with friends and family in a unified space - as opposed to the existing Switch Online app on iOS and Android - and will offer access to 20 classic NES games, alongside the addition of cloud saves. The titles that have been confirmed so far are "Balloon Fight", "Dr. Mario", "Super Mario Bros".

That's about all we know about Nintendo Switch Online at the moment.

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.

NSO services are tied to a Nintendo Account - thus, if you have two separate users on the same Switch, you can't use one Account for both (necessitating the family plan).

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