With a September 2018 release date, the service includes features such as online play for games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and the yet to be announced Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch that's going to debut at E3 2018.
Nintendo says it will reveal 10 more of these NES games - as well as more details on how cloud saving will work - closer to the service's launch, in September. Although the Nintendo Switch already supports online play for free, that has so far simply been an extensive "grace period" between the launch of the console and the launch of the service. There's more value for committing to a longer time period, though, as three months will cost $7.99, and a whole year for $19.99.
Finally, the service will be launching with only 20 NES games with the promise of more to be added later.
First off, the classic games. This means Nintendo Switch owners will be able to back up their save data to the cloud. All in all, nothing too major from today's announcement, other than confirmation that social functionality including chat will be handled by a separate Nintendo Switch Online App for both iOS and Android devices. According to Nintendo, "Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action". So while free is always nearly preferred, it's not like Nintendo Switch Online will break the bank.
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More importantly, the Switch Online membership will offer free games on a regular basis.
We now know pricing and exactly what your membership fees will get you, so here's everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online.
Having the one year membership at a $40 value is astronomical and gamechanging. Alternatively, if you have multiple people with multiple Nintendo Network accounts living in the same house, there's a Nintendo Network family plan available for $34.99.