As promised, Nintendo announces key features of its Switch Online subscription service.
Since it launched in March 2017 the Switch has been missing a few things, namely a way to securely backup your data should any accidents happen. But now Nintendo has revealed the $20 a year Switch Online service will allow subscribers to backup their saves to the cloud and net other perks like free NES games.
In many ways Switch Online mirrors PlayStation Plus and Xbox LIVE: the plan is required to play a good portion of Switch games online, and gives gamers access to a pool of free games. With 20 free NES games at launch and "more added regularly," Nintendo appears to make good on its promise that Switch Online will be "worth the wait". All of the free retro games will include online functionality in some way, including competitive action in games like Dr. Mario, co-op play in Super Mario Bros. 3, and even virtual controller-trading in singleplayer games like The Legend of Zelda.
"With online play added to every classic game, you can compete (or cooperate) online with friends, share your screen, or pass the controller, depending on the game. With the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, you can also voice chat during your play sessions."
The company also offers Switch Online family sharing plans. For $35 a month subscribers can add up to seven others to enjoy the perks and benefits of the service, including online play, access to free games, voice chatting, and more.
Switch Online will launch in September of this year. More info can be found below.
Nintendo has confirmed the following 10 NES games are coming to Switch Online at release:
Free NES Games
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
(single account holder plans)
- 1 Month - $3.99
- 3 Months - $7.99
- 12 Months - $19.99
Family membership, 12 Months - $34.99
"A Nintendo Account holder may invite up to seven others to join a family group; all members of the group will have access to Nintendo Switch Online."