May 8, 2018
Nintendo has been slow to give out any details regarding the online service it plans on launching for the Switch, but we finally have more concrete information about what all will be included. First, the Switch Online Service will launch in September 2018. It will cost $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year. Nintendo will also offer a family subscription, allowing up to eight accounts to log in to the service, for $34.99 per year.
Nintendo Switch Online will offer several features. It will offer cloud saves, allowing subscribers to back up and restore their saved games. The subscription will be required to access online play in games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. Finally, the service will include a new feature called NES – Nintendo Switch Online. This service will be a library of classic NES games that have been updated to include multiplayer – either competitive, co-op, or taking turns controlling the character. At launch, the service will include twenty NES games, with more to be added on a regular basis. While this is a far cry from a full-fledged Virtual Console, it is a good start.
Zelda fans will be excited to see that the original Legend of Zelda will be included in the collection. This will be a great opportunity to relive the game that started the Zelda franchise, or to experience it for the first time. It is unsure how multiplayer will be incorporated, but this seems like a perfect title for the “taking turns” option, similar to passing a controller back and forth with your friends and family at home. The other announced games are: Soccer, Tennis, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Dr. Mario, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
Swing by the official Switch Online Service website for all the details!