It launches in September. You’ll have to pay for the subscription service once it launches if you want to play online or chat with your buddies. Though the latter can be done over Discord, Skype, or through your cellular devices. According to Nintendo of America’s website, the subscription’s plans and prices are:
Individual Membership Plans:
- 1 Month – $3.99 USD
- 3 Months – $7.99 USD
- 12 Months – $19.99 USD
Family Membership Plans:
- 12 Months – $34.99 USD
With the family membership, you can have eight Nintendo accounts within the family to split the service’s price. You’ll have to pay an individual subscription fee for every account in your house–so this is preferably the better deal.
Nintendo Switch Online will also have 20 NES games with online play, even for the single player titles. Essentially, players can play Donkey Kong and pass it off to another person’s Switch system while online or they can share screens. It sounds similar to Sony’s current system. You can also use the Nintendo Switch’s online app to voice chat. Just use Discord/Skype honestly. Here’s a list of some of the games coming with the service.
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
The biggest take-away from the announcement was the fact that cloud saves are coming to the Switch. Now, players can back-up their saves for their Nintendo Switch games. Meaning, if you lose your Switch or break it, you can gain your save data back. Subscribers will receive exclusive Nintendo eShop deals.
Nintendo plans to provide more details on the cloud saves feature before the service’s launch.
With E3 on the horizon, it makes sense for Nintendo to release the information about the online service now. Considering how Super Smash Bros. is the main focus at this year’s E3; it wouldn’t be odd for Nintendo to release this title alongside the Nintendo Switch Online Service. Maybe other games will get an added boost in net-code too. Who knows really. We hope to hear about the other ten titles and cloud saves from Nintendo in the future.
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