As promised, Nintendo has announced more details about the Nintendo Switch Online Subscription Service, due out in September. A post on the Nintendo website explains that the service will offer "Save Data Cloud" backup, which strongly sounds like cloud storage.
This is great news because it means you do not have to worry about progress. Cloud storage is also available with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, along with Steam and others.
You also get a library of 20 NES games on launch and more are added "regularly," Nintendo says. The launch titles include the 10 listed below – including Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda ̵
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- 19659005] Super Mario Bros.
- Balloon fight
- Ice climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
According to Nintendo, "every classic game" in the NES catalog will have some form of online functionality. "You can compete (or cooperate) with friends online, share your screen, or pass the controller, depending on the game," said Nintendo. In addition, you can use voice chat with a dedicated App for the Switch Online service.
Switch's paid membership program was originally due to be launched in late 2017, before Nintendo delayed it until 2018. Subscriptions are available for 1 month ($ 4), 3 months ($ 8) and 12 months ($ 20). In addition, a family membership will be available for $ 35. The Family Plan allows a Nintendo account holder to "invite up to seven more people to join a family group," and each member of the group has access to the online membership benefits.
Compared to this, Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus cost $ 60 / yr
Since launch, the online game is free for all Switch games. This will change in September when the paid service is introduced. At this time you will need a membership to play Splatoon 2, Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido online. Other games might or may not require membership, Nintendo said. Nintendo will later learn more details on how to know if a game requires a paid membership or not.
Here are some other important details about Nintendo Switch's online membership, as taken from a FAQ on Nintendo's website: 19659004] If you own multiple Switch consoles, you do not need a separate paid online subscription. "Nintendo Switch Online can be used on any device by signing up with the Nintendo account from which the membership was purchased," said Nintendo.