Nintendo has announced new details about their upcoming online service for the Switch.
The Switch Online service will allow users to play online in co-op and competitive multiplayer features. This includes games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Mario Tennis Aces, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido and more.
In addition, subscribers to Switch Online will be able to access a collection of classic NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) games which will have 20 at launch and more added on a regular basis. Some of the NES games included are Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros., Tennis.
Players will also be able to play in competitive or co-op multiplayer or “pass the controller” with some of the NES games announced. Each of the classic NES games a part of Switch Online will support voice chat via the companion smartphone app and these games can be played offline.
Also part of the Switch Online service is Save Data Cloud, so a backup of your console’s save data is stored in the cloud for easy access in the event that you lose, break or buy another Switch console. You’ll also get special deals and offers as a subscriber to Switch Online.
In terms of pricing, Nintendo has announced that the Switch Online service will offer different price points:
- 1 month – $4.99 CAD
- 3 months – $9.99 CAD
- 12 months – $24.99 CAD
- Family membership (12 months) – $44.99 CAD
The family membership for Switch Online allows for up to eight Nintendo Accounts and can be used on multiple systems.
Switch Online will be available this September.