Nintendo has finally announced details of its anticipated online service. It’s going to be called “Nintendo Switch Online” and the service is planned to go live in September this year. Nintendo has also revealed pricing at $3.99 (Rs.268) for a month, $7.99 (Rs.537) for three months and $19.99 (Rs. 1,344) for the whole year. There is also a $34.99 (Rs. 2,353) family plan, which will work across eight accounts.
One of the biggest advantages of having the service is that you can save your games online. So, if you happen to lose or break your Nintendo Switch, you can still retrieve all the game data, using the cloud services. Plenty of users have been looking forward to this feature. However, the option will not be available with all game titles. More information on cloud saves is promised to come at a later date.
Besides that, a subscription to the service will also let you enjoy some of Switch’s titles online. The current titles included are Splatoon 2, Arms, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Voice chat will still be provided through its smartphone app.
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Last but not least, Switch Online subscribers will also get access to 20 NES games that Nintendo is bringing over to the Switch. Ten of the games have already been confirmed and they are Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros, Soccer, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Tennis. Nintendo promises to update the number of game titles regularly and that all the games will also be playable offline.