In an announcement made by Nintendo today, the Japanese gaming giant revealed new details about the Nintendo Switch’s online service.
The upcoming Nintendo Switch Online will be launching later this September 2018, with an annual fee of US$19.99 for individual accounts, and US$34.99 for family accounts.
For the first time ever, the Nintendo Switch Online service will add NES games bundled with the subscription and will be supporting online multiplayer. Yep, you read that right. The bundled NES games will allow for competitive or cooperative online and local multiplayer! Nintendo will have these 20 classic games available on launch:
- Donkey Kong™
- Mario Bros.™
- Super Mario Bros.™
- Balloon Fight™
- Ice Climber™
- Dr. Mario™
- The Legend of Zelda™
- Super Mario Bros.™ 3
Apart from the basic online multiplayer for Switch games, such as Splatoon and Mario Kart 8, the online service will provide subscribers with cloud saving functionality. Further details have been withheld as of this posting, but it can safely be assumed that most, if not all, of the saves stored in the Switch can be backed up to the cloud servers.
In conjunction with the service, Nintendo will also launch the Switch Online app for Android and iOS smartphones. The app will allow for enhanced features for compatible games, such as the addition of a social lobby in Splatoon.
Unfortunately, Nintendo has confirmed that Virtual Console will not be included in the upcoming online service. Further, all free features of the online functionality will cease immediately as the subscription phase begins.
Special offers, such as free games, will also be available to paying subscribers once the service starts.