Nintendo recently revealed new details about its forthcoming paid online service. The Japanese gaming giant have been rather tight lipped about this service up until this point, creating a lot of speculation within the community as to what a paid online service from Nintendo would look like. Well, now we have a decent info dump, with the highlights listed in this Tweet from Nintendo America.
#NintendoSwitch Online launches this September with Save Data Cloud backup and 20 classic NES games, with more to come, that have newly added online play!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 8, 2018
There is some big news here to take in. Finally we will be able to back our saves up to the cloud. Those hundred plus hours of Zelda will now be safe if your current Switch meets its untimely end. This would have to be one of the most requested features fans have been wanting for the Switch, so it is great to see that coming.
The paid online service will also give you access to 20 NES games on launch, with more promised to be added regularly as the service continues. These NES titles aren’t just straight up ports though, with online features being added to them that were obviously not around when the games initially launched. Definitely a welcome addition. Not all of the games have been revealed yet, but the ones Nintendo have announced so far are as follows:
- Donkey Kong™
- Mario Bros.™
- Super Mario Bros.™
- Balloon Fight™
- Ice Climber™
- Dr. Mario™
- The Legend of Zelda™
- Super Mario Bros.™ 3
We also have the US pricing. An individual membership will be sold in one, three and twelve month bundles. One month will cost $3.99 USD, three months costing $7.99 USD, and finally twelve months will be $19.99 USD. There is also a family bundle, which allows up to 8 people to use the online service. That is only sold in a 12 month lot and will cost you $34.99 USD.
What do you all think of these features? Are you satisfied with the service outlined here? And what about the price? Let us know in the comments below.