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Nintendo Switch Online arrives in September with cloud saving, 20 NES titles

09 May 2018

According to Nintendo, purchasing a subscription to the Switch's online service will give gamers access to a bunch of NES games that support online play.

It's a case of "good news, bad news" for Nintendo fans this week.

Switch Online, which has been in development since the console launched past year, will charge a monthly fee and in return enable users to play online against others and back up data from their console to the cloud.

Nintendo has recently announced details about their upcoming paid online service for the Nintendo Switch.

That's about all we know about Nintendo Switch Online at the moment.

After Nintendo Switch Online goes live, online play will only be accessible with a subscription just like Xbox Live and PSN.

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"There are now no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems", a Nintendo spokesperson said Tuesday. Will you be paying for Switch Online, or will you be sticking to offline gaming? A 12-month Family membership is also available for $34.99 and can accommodate up to eight Nintendo Accounts.

This'll be the first time that Nintendo has ever charged for playing online, with the service due to cost £3.49 a month, £6.99 for three months, or £17.99 for a year. Those games include Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros. Nintendo says that in September, members will get access to 20 games, with more games added on a regular basis.

Given that Nintendo has taken to selling its older games in retro packages like the NES Classic Mini and the SNES Mini, this shouldn't be too surprising.

The more important features, though, are the cloud saves, which means we'll be able to save our games online for access anywhere. We'll find out more after launch.

The family membership allows the user to invite up to seven others to join a "family group". With the release window set for September 2018, Nintendo has finally revealed all of the details surrounding the system including price, subscription models, online services, and more. While it's definitely disappointing the Switch won't be getting its own Virtual Console, it doesn't seem like Nintendo has completely ruled out the ability for Switch owners to experience the classics.

Nintendo Switch Online arrives in September with cloud saving, 20 NES titles