The Nintendo Switch online service costs $20/year, granting access to classic games and long-awaited new features when it lights up in September (NTDOY)


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The Nintendo Switch Online service is scheduled to launch in the second half of September. It costs $20/year, and you’ll need it to play most games online.
But you’ll also get some great benefits: At launch, Nintendo Switch Online will give access to a library of 20 classic NES games, upgraded with online play.
You’ll also get cloud saves, so you can backup and restore your saved games.
It’s an important step toward bolstering the Nintendo Switch’s online features, which lag the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

For years, Nintendo fans have fantasized about a paid online service that would grant access to Nintendo’s rich, decades-long library of classic games. For years, Nintendo has demurred.

In 2018, that fantasy is finally becoming a reality, through the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Nintendo’s new service costs $20 per year ($4/month, $8/three months), and is scheduled to launch in the second half of September. With that subscription price, you’ll get access to a library of classic games, the ability to play various Nintendo Switch games online, cloud saves for some games, and voice chat through the Nintendo Switch online smartphone app.

When the service arrives next month, it’ll only be available on the Nintendo Switch — Nintendo’s newest game console, which operates as a portable handheld and a home console.

So, what’s in the classic game library? “20 games, with more added on a regular basis,” Nintendo said in a press release earlier this year.

Nintendo also announced the first 10 of those 20 games: “Super Mario Bros. 3,” “Dr. Mario,” “Balloon Fight,” “Donkey Kong,” “Ice Climber,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Mario Bros.,” “Soccer,” “Super Mario Bros.” and “Tennis.”

Even better: Every classic NES game on the Switch will have new online functionality. In some games, you can play co-op online with friends or go head to head, and in all games you can watch a friend play remotely. Friends can even “share” the controller online by handing off control of a game over the internet.

The classic games library only includes Nintendo Entertainment System games, at least for now — it’s specifically referred to as a collection. Nintendo even gave the classic game library its own name: “NES – Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games.”

Perhaps a “SNES — Nintendo Switch Online” library will be added later? Or something similar for Nintendo 64, GameCube, or other Nintendo console games? Perhaps — Nintendo isn’t saying. The Japanese game company told Kotaku last year, “Super NES games continue to be under consideration, but we have nothing further to announce at this time.”

But the classic game library isn’t Nintendo Switch Online’s primary component — the service is intended as a paid subscription for access to online gameplay.

Games like “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Splatoon 2” rely on an online infrastructure for multiplayer, which Nintendo has yet to provide for its Switch console. Both games can be played online, but the Switch console itself lacks system-wide functionality for online interaction — stuff like joining an online party, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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