It's been over a year since Nintendo Switch launched, but Nintendo's planned online service hasn't yet debuted on the system. Nintendo announced a September launch for the service in January, and today we finally have some concrete details on what we can expect. Nintendo has just opened up a website for Nintendo Switch Online, revealing pricing, content, and more.
The most obvious feature Nintendo Switch Online comes with is the ability to play online games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This is currently free, but it will be part of the paid program starting in September. Prices for Nintendo Switch Online on a single Nintendo Account vary by length. One month is $3.99, three months is $7.99, and a full year is $19.99.
Starting May 15th, Nintendo Account owners can also pay for a Family Membership to Nintendo Switch Online. With a Family Membership, up to eight accounts can all share the benefits of membership in one bundle. The only price currently listed for family accounts is one year at $34.99.
The next major feature of Nintendo Switch Online is a digital Nintendo Entertainment System. Paying members will have access to a library of classic NES games with 20 available at launch and more planned over time. Every classic game comes with new online features, like competitive or cooperative modes. The list of games currently revealed for this digital NES includes:
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Donkey Kong
- Dr. Mario
- Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
Next up on the list of features coming to Nintendo Switch Online is something fans have been begging for: cloud backups for your save files. Additional details will be revealed about this service prior to the launch in September. For now, we know this feature is exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members.
As Splatoon 2 players know, a Nintendo Switch Online app is currently available for smart devices. This smartphone app is designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games, such as Splatoon 2's "SplatNet 2" features. This app can also be used to voice chat with friends when playing supported games online, including digital NES titles. Only Nintendo Switch Online members will be able to use the app once the service goes live.
Finally, Nintendo will be making special offers exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members. At this time there are no offers listed, but the website will be updated with additional information as we get closer to September. With E3 around the corner, it's also possible that we'll learn more next month. In the meantime, you can check out the Official FAQ if you have any questions.