Nintendo Switch Online Launches on 9/18 – What You Need to Know

It’s finally time for Nintendo to launch their own online subscription service. Nintendo Switch Online, as it’s named, will launch on September 18th. Grab a 3-Month or 12-Month subscription on Amazon right now!

Much like Microsoft’s and Sony’s platforms, the service will be a paid subscription. Unlike the other two gaming companies, however, Nintendo Switch Online has a few key differences and features.

NES Games Come with the Service

Among the first features that will come with Nintendo Switch Online is the ability to play NES games right on your Switch, totally free. It’s a perk that comes with the paid membership, and is exclusive to members. At launch, there will be 20 titles available:

  • Excitebike™
  • Yoshi™
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Ghosts’n Goblins™
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Tennis
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Balloon Fight™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Mario Bros.™

Of course, Nintendo plans to add another nine games to the service by December 2018. In addition, Nintendo is releasing wireless, and rechargeable, NES-styled controllers for the service, which can slide onto your Switch like a Joy-Con. These will be available to purchase starting in mid-December for members only.

Nintendo Switch Online App is Revamped

The app will provide a way to use voice chat with other users, along with providing some extras with a select few games. You can find it on the Google Play Store and App Store now.

Cloud Saves Hit the Nintendo Switch
If you’re a fan of not having to worry about your data, then Nintendo has you covered with an all-new cloud save system. Games will now automatically backup your saves to the cloud when you’re connected to the internet. The data is linked to your Nintendo Account, so feel free to move between systems if needed. As long as you can sign in to your Nintendo Account, you’ll have access to your save data.

The only concern here is, according to Nintendo, your cloud data won’t be saved if you cancel your Nintendo Switch Online subscription for an extended period of time. Of course, you can always keep your saves on your Switch itself.

Let’s Talk About the Pricing and Plans

Starting out, there will be four different price options: the monthly at $3.99 per month, the three-month option at $7.99, or the 12-month option at $19.99. Compared to Microsoft and Sony’s year-long memberships that retail for $59.99, that’s not too big of a number. Also, if you have multiple Nintendo Accounts in your family, there is the 12-month family plan that will cost $34.99. With it, you and up to seven other Nintendo Accounts will gain access to Nintendo Switch Online.

Nintendo Switch Online – What the Service Means

Overall, Nintendo’s online subscription offers a decent amount of content for a little price. The biggest takeaways are access to online multiplayer for games, cloud saves, NES games, and special offers through Nintendo. To access any of these features, you’ll need to create a Nintendo Account. This should help bring more content to the Switch over the months, all while providing a stable playing environment to do so. Added convenient features, like use of the smartphone app and cloud saves, only sweeten the deal.

What are your overall thoughts on Nintendo Switch Online? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.

Plays: Switch, 3DS, Xbox One, Pokémon TCG, and Various Board Games.

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