At long last, the latest Nintendo Direct finally revealed the full scope of what Switch owners can anticipate once the service goes live on September 18th.
The overview trailer describes five core features of the Nintendo Switch Online membership, as outlined below:
Online Play: As expected, the biggest feature of the online service allows players to continue gaming with friends and strangers online. Many online games will require this service in order to play, such as Splatoon 2 and Rocket League. One thing to note is this ‘requirement’ will be dependent on the games themselves, as some games will still allow players to play online, such as with Fortnite.
Nintendo Entertainment System: The Nintendo Switch Online service will provide Switch owners with a growing catalogue of classic NES games. Some nice quality of life features have been added as well, such as the ability to ‘pass the controller’ to your friends over an internet connection, or the ability to play certain games online. The service will launch with 20 classic games, including:
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros 3
- Double Dragon
- River City ransom
- Ghosts’n Goblins
- Tecmo Bowl
- Pro Wrestling
Cloud Save: The biggest confirmation for the Nintendo Switch Online service is the ability to finally backup Cloud Saves of your precious Switch games. Between the Nintendo Switch’s inability to allow users to transfer saves to other consoles, along with the portability of the system, people will be able to finally rest easy knowing (most of) their game saves can finally be saved automatically to the cloud. Of course, not all games will support this feature, such as Splatoon 2.
Smartphone App: Nintendo continues to promote their own mobile application. The app may provide additional features for certain games, such as for Splatoon 2, which showcases your squid kid’s battle stats and equipment. Players will also be able to use the app to connect and chat with friends as they enjoy online games together.
Special Offers: The final feature showcased in the latest Nintendo Direct was the availability of special offers. No specific information was provided about what these special offers entail, so those with the service can expect more details at a later date.
Pricing: The Nintendo Switch Online membership was reiterated by Nintendo, and appears to be on the low-end compared with other platforms. The pricing breakdown appears as follows:
- Individual Memberships:
- 1 Month: $3.00
- 3 Months: $7.99
- 12 Months: $19.99
- Family Membership (up to 8 people):
- 2 – 8 Accounts for 12 months: $34.99
So what do you think of the latest information about the online service? Though I do have some reservations about the quality of the service itself, I am happy to know that $20 can last me a whole year of service. Do you think you’ll sign up for it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Be sure to keep checking back at our Nintendo Direct Portal over the next few days as we continue to cover all the great announcements from today’s event right here on The Gaming Chicken.