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Nintendo Switch Online Service Info

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Nintendo has finally revealed more info of their online service coming in September. Relevant remarks on this thing:

  1. Individual (19.99USD) and Family plan (34.99USD) available, family plan will be available to up to 8 different accounts, even on different systems for plan.
  2. Cloud saves for their games.
  3. Will launch with 20 NES games with online play, with more games coming later.
  4. Will have subscriber-only benefits.

 

Full PR statement:

 

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REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo’s upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service is an affordable, multi-featured paid service that lets users enjoy online play for compatible Nintendo Switch games, access classic NES games with added online functionality, back up save data for most games and use additional features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app that will enhance the online experience for compatible games.

Nintendo revealed more information about Nintendo Switch Online, including pricing, Save Data Cloud backup and additional details about the classic NES games subscribers will be able to play when it launches in September.
 

  • U.S. Pricing: Various price points offer a variety of affordable options for different players.
    • Individual memberships:
      • One month: $3.99
      • Three months: $7.99
      • 12 months: $19.99
    • Family membership (12 months): $34.99
      With a family membership, up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to use the Nintendo Switch Online service, even on different systems.
  • Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: Subscribers will have access to NES – Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games. The collection will initially include 20 games, with more added on a regular basis. At launch, previously announced games Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis. An additional 10 launch games will be announced in the future.

    For the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy these classic NES games online. Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and “pass the controller” at any time. Every classic NES game will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app*. It will also be possible to play these games offline.
  • Save Data Cloud Backup: 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 system.
  • Online Play: A Nintendo Switch Online membership will be needed to participate in co-op and competitive online features for many current and upcoming Nintendo Switch games, such as Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Mario Tennis Aces and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido.
  • Nintendo Switch Online App*: The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application can be used to enhance the online experience for compatible games through voice chat and other features.

*The Nintendo Switch Online app is for Nintendo Account holders 13 years old or older. Persistent internet access and compatible smartphone are required. Data charges may apply.

 

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Source: https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/

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There's nothing that really gets me "excited" here, but I'm super down with paying only $20 for all of this, especially when PS+ and XBLG are $60 at this point.

 

Will be interesting to see if the games selection grows a lot over the course of the next year or two. If it can reach 50-100 games within the next year, I could see that being a real draw for people to subscribe (other than the access to multiplayer and such).

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7 minutes ago, Jason Clement said:

There's nothing that really gets me "excited" here, but I'm super down with paying only $20 for all of this, especially when PS+ and XBLG are $60 at this point.

 

Will be interesting to see if the games selection grows a lot over the course of the next year or two. If it can reach 50-100 games within the next year, I could see that being a real draw for people to subscribe (other than the access to multiplayer and such).

 

Same. It doesn't sound extremely excited, but they're not charging as much as i thought. Them adding SNES and N64 games would make it truly exciting for me, too.

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I think the thing that makes me entirely angry at this points is they flat out said there's not going to be a virtual console at all which makes me desire to pay for any online service that much lower. The Switch was already having a hard time keeping my interest, but now with the required Online Service for certain things coming, I'm even less enthused. Playing NES games online doesn't even remotely cover it, in my opinion. 

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4 minutes ago, Royzoga said:

I think the thing that makes me entirely angry at this points is they flat out said there's not going to be a virtual console at all which makes me desire to pay for any online service that much lower. The Switch was already having a hard time keeping my interest, but now with the required Online Service for certain things coming, I'm even less enthused. Playing NES games online doesn't even remotely cover it, in my opinion. 

 

True but there are supposedly more features left to announce. That and N64 games with online play would easily be worth $20 to me.

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I like how they're touting online play for the NES games when most of the initial batch doesn't even have simultaneous multiplayer. xD Obviously future stuff could be good for it though, particularly when (hopefully not "if") third party stuff starts getting added.

 

Anyway, I'm fine with $20 a year for it even if there's nothing particularly exciting about it right now. It's a low enough "pay and forget" price point that I don't mind keeping it active even if I'm not going to play online much, much more so than PS+ or XBL Gold.

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