The Nintendo Switch has been around since March 2017, and in that time they’ve been working on getting a cohesive online experience together that they can charge you for. This has finally come to pass, or at least will in September of 2018 with the opening of the Nintendo Switch Online service.
This is straight up lifted from my article on Pocketables, so if you’ve already read it move along.
First off Nintendo is launching the online service with 20 games including Soccer, Tennis, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros, Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Dr. Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros 3. More will be revealed at a later time.
My guess is you get to watch your friends 2000 miles away play Mario Bros for 22 minutes and win the game while waiting for your turn, but who knows.
The way they’ve worded it it’s unclear whether you get the games for joining the service, or whether you can purchase those games once you get the service. I know I’m ready to purchase Super Mario Bros 2 and 3 for the fourth console of theirs I’ve owned.
Side note, if anyone has my original Nintendo drop me a line, it’s been missing since 1996.
Games will vary in whether they require the Nintendo Online membership or whether they are complete out of the box.
Nintendo Switch Online comes in account based, and family based. If you’ve got an account on a Switch people will have to be using it to use Nintendo Switch Online.
Nintendo Switch Online Save Data Cloud Backup
Details coming soon according to their FAQ page, but it looks like we’re going to have the ability to save our game progress to the cloud and pick up on another device, or you know, just not lose our game progress when something goes wrong such as bricking on third party docks.
Plans and pricing
Individual: $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, $19.99 for a year.
Family: $34.99 for a year with up to seven accounts
When and where?
On your Switch, on nintendo.com, on the eShop, probably in truck stop bathrooms.
Is it going to be great?
Perhaps if the games they mention launch with it come with it. Otherwise it looks like it’s just a pay more to play thing.
This assumes also that the console is still available in the United States after the GameVice lawsuit (it will be.)