Nintendo has shared details regarding its new online service for Nintendo Switch, which aims to launch this September.
According to Nintendo, the U.S price for the Nintendo Switch online service will run in three tiers: one month is $3.99, three months will be $7.99, and one year will cost $19.99. A family membership is also said to be made available for Nintendo Switch owners, which is to cost $34.99 for one year, and it will also support up to eight accounts.
Fans of the NES system will be happy to know that the new online system for Switch will support classic NES titles, which 20 games have been said to be made available at launch. For starters, Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, Ice Climbers, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros, and Tennis have been said to be available when the new online service launches, with 10 more titles to come that have yet to be announced.
Also announced for the new Switch online service is online play for NES titles, though it depends on the title. Players can compete against one-another or play together, and they can even take turns with the “pass the controller” feature. Nintendo has mentioned that “every” NES game will support the voice chat, though it will be operated through Nintendo’s smartphone app. An internet connection is not required to play these games, though a connection is obviously required to download them.
Cloud saves are to be implemented into online subscriptions, as Nintendo Switch owners can backup save data. This will make it easier for people to retrieve save data should their Switch break.
Lastly, Nintendo has revealed that the new online service for Switch will be required if Switch owners would like to play their games online. This includes ARMS, Splatoon 2, and other online compatible titles.
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