Nintendo Reveals Its Online Subscription Service

Posted by: Sam Tree | 8 May 2018

In a press release that went out today, Nintendo has outlined their plans for their premium online service for the Nintendo Switch.

The Online service, which goes live in September of this year, is a multi-featured paid service which will allow gamers to play online with compatible titles, have access to a growing library of classic NES games (which will also feature online functionality and a much request cloud save backup feature.

The gaming giant has revealed there will be options for individual memberships as well as a family membership for up to eight account holders across multiple consoles.

  • Individual memberships:
    • One month (30 days): €3.99
    • Three months (90 days): €7.99
    • 12 months (365 days): €19.99
  • Family membership (12 months/365 days): €34.99

The online service will also give gamers access to a number of retro Nintendo titles, with ten being initially available when the service launches and a further ten titles being announced in the near future:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Dr Mario
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Donkey Kong
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tennis

In addition, Nintendo has confirmed that depending on the game, players will be able to play with their friends online as well as offering a PlayStation 4 style shareplay feature where gamers can “pass the controller” to someone watching them play.

Lastly, the part everyone has been asking for since the Switch launched last year: online save backups. The press release states the following:

By using Nintendo Switch Online, a backup of Nintendo Switch save data for most Nintendo Switch games will be stored online for easy access. This is great for people who want to retrieve their data if they lose, break or purchase an additional Nintendo Switch console.

The last section is pretty interesting, in relation to purchasing a new system. Could this mean that users will finally be able to log their account onto multiple consoles? Probably not, but it would be a nice feature to add.

The Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in September this year. What do you think of features and price point? Let us know in the comments section.

[Source: Nintendo]


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