We Finally Know More About Nintendo Switch Online: Price, 20 NES Games, Cloud Saves, And More


More Nintendo Switch Online details have finally revealed, as owners of the hybrid console look forward to the service's launch in September.

Nintendo Switch Online was one of the most anticipated additions to the Nintendo Switch in 2018, among the many games planned for the hybrid console. Nintendo, which has since confirmed that the Nintendo Switch Online launch date will be in September, has now given gamers more information on what the service will provide beyond enabling online play.

What We Learned About Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo promised in April that more Nintendo Switch Online details will be revealed in May, and the company did not disappoint.

Nintendo confirmed the previously announced Nintendo Switch Online price of $19.99 per year. There is also a three-month subscription for $7.99 and a one-month subscription for $3.99. Nintendo, however, revealed that there will also be an annual family membership option, which will allow up to eight Nintendo account holders to enjoy the service, even on different devices, for only $34.99.

A Nintendo Switch Online membership will also provide online access to a roster of classic NES games. The collection will initially contain 20 titles, with more to be added regularly. The first 10 games in the service will be The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, Tennis, and Balloon Fight, with 10 more to be revealed before September. Depending on the game, players can enjoy online competitive or co-op multiplayer and can even watch one another play single-player titles online and just "pass the controller" any time.

Nintendo Switch Online will also add cloud saves, one of the most requested Nintendo Switch features. Subscribers will have the save data for most of their games stored online, which will be useful in case the Nintendo Switch is lost or broken or if a new Nintendo Switch is used.

Nintendo At E3 2018

More Nintendo Switch Online details may be revealed at E3 2018, though Nintendo's presence at the annual video game event will focus on something else.

According to the Nintendo E3 2018 plans, the spotlight will be on Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo will host the Splatoon 2 World Championship tournament at E3 2018 followed by the Super Smash Bros. invitational tournament. Attendees who come to the event dressed as Nintendo characters may also be invited to be among the first people around the world to try the Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros.

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