Nintendo Switch users are about to get a new update that will bring fan-requested features and changes to the system. Nintendo detailed the company’s upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service, which it calls “an affordable, multi-featured paid service” that will allow users to enjoy online play for compatible Nintendo Switch games. The service will also offer access classic NES games with added online functionality. Nintendo Switch Online will also allow backup save-data for most games, and utilize additional features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
The U.S. Pricing will offer various price points, offering a variety of affordable options for different players depending on their needs. Nintendo will offer Individual memberships at $3.99/month, or you can bundle your usage for $7.99/3 months, or grab a yearly subscription for $19.99. There is also a Family membership, but you only have the 12 month option, for $34.99. That’s still pretty comparable to Sony and Microsoft, the PSN and Xbox Live service cost $59.99/year and $24.99/3 months.
With a family membership, up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to use the Nintendo Switch Online service under one bill, even on different systems. As for Nintendo Switch Online, subscribers will have access to NES Nintendo Switch Online, which will be a compilation of classic NES games. The collection will initially include 20 games, with more added on a regular basis. At launch, previously announced the titles “Balloon Fight,” “Dr. Mario” and “Super Mario Bros. 3” will be joined by “Donkey Kong,” “Ice Climber,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Mario Bros.,” “Soccer,” “Super Mario Bros.” and “Tennis”. Nintendo also stated that an “additional 10 launch games” will be announced in the future.
This does mean that players will be able to enjoy these classic NES games online for the first time. 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.
By using Nintendo Switch Online, a backup of Nintendo Switch save data for most Nintendo Switch games will be stored online for easy access. This is great for people who want to retrieve their data if they lose, break or purchase an additional Nintendo Switch system. A Nintendo Switch Online membership will be needed to participate in co-op and competitive online features for many current and upcoming Nintendo Switch games, such as “Splatoon 2,” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “ARMS,” “Mario Tennis Aces” and “Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido”.