Nintendo Switch games just got a huge advantage for multi-console owners

Helen Aguilar
October 4, 2018

The launch of Nintendo Switch Online also requires the release of a new Nintendo Switch firmware.

With this established, you'll be able to access your Switch account on a different console and use it to play digital games.

You can also purchase a monthly individual subscription to the service for $3.99 or a family subscription for $34.99 if you live with multiple people who own a Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch now lets you share your digitally downloaded games.kind of.

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The 20 NES games launching with the service today are Balloon Fight, Baseball, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Ice Hockey, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Pro Wrestling, River City Ransom, Soccer, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. Once that trial is donezo you can spend $3.99, $7.99, or $19.99 for one, three, or 12 months respectively (you can also apply Gold Coins to your balance). This will free up memory card space and even save money later on when you don't have to buy a new memory card in order to play a new game. October will bring Solomon's Key, NES Open and Super Dodge Ball. Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. The special NES Joy-Cons can now be ordered on the Special Offers page.

Whatever the reason for the oversight, the mechanism is simple: it seems that the Switch Online NES emulator uses the same software as the NES Classic Edition, which means the same exploits work.

NES Online is now available as a free download in the eShop, with online play supported.

The service is now available on the Nintendo Switch for just $20 per year or $4 per month, depending on how you want to pay. This makes it easy for players to retrieve save data if they lose their system or start using a new one. KapuccinoHeck discovered that all the game files on Switch Online are run of the mill.nes files that can be found on the plethora of ROM sites across the internet.

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