Nintendo have let loose a date, info and prices for their much-anticipated Switch Online membership service.
As well as allowing online competition for current and future games – free online for the likes of Splatoon 2, ARMS and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be turned off – Switch Online will also deliver some cool goodies, such as access to an ever-expanding library of classic Nintendo games.
Dubbed the “Nintendo Entertainment System” after the console that really kicked it all off, members will have access to a compilation of classic NES games that will initially number 20. At launch, 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., Tennis and 10 others that are yet to be divulged. As a bonus, many of them will be playable online in co-op or competitively. You can even let friends watch your awesomeness as you discover that the princess is in yet another darned castle.
With no news of a Virtual Console for the Switch, hopefully this selection will expand to encompass SNES, N64 and even GameCube down the track.
The subscription will also include access to the save data cloud, meaning a backup of most Nintendo Switch save data will be stored online for easy access. So, finally you’ll have a backup should anything foul befall your Switch.
Nintendo also continue to embrace mobile technology with Switch Online, making a companion app available to “enhance the online experience for compatible games through voice chat and other features”.
Member-only exclusive offers are also promised as part of the Switch Online membership.
Sure, sounds cool – but what’s the damage? As long as you dig classic games it’s really quite reasonable. Here’s the Australian pricing…
– 30 days: AU$5.95
– 90 days: AU$11.95
– 365 days: AU$29.95
Family membership (up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to utilise the Nintendo Switch Online service, even on different consoles.)
– 365 days: AU$54.95
Switch Online is set to launch at an unspecified date in September.