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Nintendo Details Switch Online Service Pricing, Cloud Saves, and More

Nintendo Details Switch Online Service Pricing, Cloud Saves, and More

On Monday night, the company revealed that cloud backups for save data will finally arrive alongside the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online service this September.

It's A Meme, Mario! A membership will be required to access the co-op and competitive online features for many Nintendo Switch games, including Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and many more titles in the future, like Super Smash Bros. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis. Nintendo will continue to announce more games for the NES collection sometime later this year.

Online Play: Something we've also known about for some time, Nintendo Switch Online membership gives you access to online features in games.

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.

One of the biggest changes coming to the Nintendo Switch in September this year, is that the online component will no longer be free.

According to the official press release, Nintendo Switch Online will launch in September 2018.

At launch, 20 classic NES games will be available to play and Nintendo says more will be added on "a regular basis".

So what do you think of the Nintendo Switch Online service? There will be 20 NES games at launch and some of them will be playable online either competitively or co-cooperatively. 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. Additionally, Nintendo is adding players the option to backup their save data via cloud technology.

Nintendo has also confirmed Canadian pricing for the Switch's online services.

As Nintendo's answer to Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live, the Switch intends to offer an affordable alternative with multiple features while enabling users to play certain games online. Each different family member can use the full Nintendo Switch Online privileges on different consoles or even the same Switch.


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