Nintendo Switch Online Service Detailed

Nintendo Switch Online Service Detailed

Kenneth Drake
May 9, 2018

Subscribers will also gain access to special offers that are only available for those who use the Nintendo Switch Online service. At launch, it will come with a set of 20 NES games, which strangely enough, will all feature some kind of online connectivity. For example, online play in games like ARMS and Splatoon 2 are only available via the service. 3, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Tennis, Soccer, and Mario Bros.

Now what do you get for your money? These games will include online play, which Nintendo says will include "online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action".

The downside to the new service is that some games that can now be played online for free, such as Splatoon 2, will require a Switch Online membership for such play once the service launches.

NSO services are tied to a Nintendo Account - thus, if you have two separate users on the same Switch, you can't use one Account for both (necessitating the family plan). The addition of cloud saves is a very welcome addition, as all Switch save data is tied to the console, prohibiting owners from transferring their data between consoles even in cases where their console breaks. There will also be family membership which includes up to eight Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions.

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The main feature of Nintendo Switch Online is that it allows players the ability to play games with an online component online, with other players, whether in competetive or cooperative play. It's not exactly the robust list that the Virtual Console boasts on the Wii U or 3DS, but that doesn't mean Nintendo is abandoning its lineup of classics. Another 10 titles, available at launch, will be announced later.

The price of Nintendo Switch Online varies depending on whether you like to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly.

One big perk of purchasing a membership for the Nintendo Switch Online Service is access to classic NES games on the hybrid console.

Nintendo has finally shared more information about its upcoming Nintendo Switch online subscription platform. Online NES Games are interesting with potential for more system is exciting.