Nintendo Switch's online pass includes cloud saves and free NES games

Helen Aguilar
May 9, 2018

The service makes no mention of a Virtual Console or of classic games from any of Nintendo's other systems.

As previously announced, subscription costs US$3.99 for a one-month membership, US$7.99 for a three-month membership, and US$19.99 for a 12-month membership. However, these rates are only for a single profile. Alternately, there's a family plan for $35 that covers eight different accounts.

Do you think this is a right decision from Nintendo to not include Virtual Console to Switch?

Perhaps a bit more controversial is the Save Data Cloud Backup. While I'll never sniff at Super Mario Bros 3, the system does seem lacking. Confirmed titles include Soccer, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros. The Nintendo Switch Online App (which is now available for use with Splatoon 2) lets you voice chat with friends, as well as access special in-game content.

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Nintendo has officially announced new details about the Nintendo Switch Online service, set to launch in September 2018.

Nintendo Switch Online, as the subscription is called, will go live this September. "Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action", Nintendo said on its website. Certain games, like Splatoon 2, will get special enhanced features in the app, although no details were given as to exactly how.

The long-awaited online service for the Nintendo Switch is finally arriving this September, and the company released the price and details regarding the forthcoming service's offerings late Monday. These paid subscription services not only allows the user to gain access to online multiplayer but also other benefits like cloud saving and free monthly games. As is the NES - Nintendo Switch Online feature, which will let owners play some old-school classics on the Switch for a limited time.

This sort of replaces the Virtual Console, which is a fancy name for what are essentially emulated games, available a la carte in a dedicated store that spanned multiple console generations.

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