08th May2018

Nintendo unveil details of the Nintendo Switch Online service

by Phil Wheat

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Nintendo have today revealed the details of their upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service – an affordable, multi-featured paid service that lets users enjoy online play for compatible Nintendo Switch games, access a growing library of classic NES games with added online functionality, back up save data for most games, and use additional features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app that will enhance the online experience for compatible games.

The breakdown:

  • Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: Members will have access to Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games. The collection will initially include 20 games, and more will be added on a regular basis. At launch, previously announced games 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., Tennis and 10 others that will be announced in the future. And for the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy these games online. 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.
  • Save Data Cloud Backup: 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 console.
  • Online Play: 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.
  • Nintendo Switch Online App: The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application can be used to enhance the online experience for compatible games through voice chat and other features.

Launching in September 2018, Nintendo have also released the price breakdown for Europe – with various price points offering a variety of affordable options for different players:

Individual memberships are priced at:

  • One month (30 days): €3.99
  • Three months (90 days): €7.99
  • 12 months (365 days): €19.99

Family membership (12 months/365 days): €34.99. With a family membership, up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to utilise the Nintendo Switch Online service, even on different consoles.

Visit the Nintendo website for more information about the Nintendo Switch Online service.

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