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Nintendo Switch Online Service Detailed

Cloud saves, NES games, voice chat, oh my!
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First off, let’s begin with what’s on everyone’s minds: yes, the clunky phone set-up is still required for Switch voice chat. Bear with that, though, and you still have a pretty cool set-up: cloud saves, a catalog of NES games updated monthly, and online multiplayer for both Switch games and said NES titles. We’ll provide a breakdown, but you can check out Nintendo’s video, too:

As announced earlier, online gaming will be exclusive to Switch Online, so you’ll need to pay up if you want to keep enjoying Splatoon 2. The subscription models are $3.99 a month, $7.99 a month, $19.99 a year, and a family plan for $34.99 if you have at least two accounts.

No longer will you have to individually purchase retro titles, as access to Switch Online allows instant access to a veritable NES library that’s updated monthly. The initial September set-up includes Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario, Ice Climber, Yoshi, Ice Hockey, Gradius, Double Dragon, Tecmo Bowl, River City Ransom, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, and the first-ever re-release of Pro Wrestling. October will provide NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon’s Key, and Super Dodgeball, November will launch Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and Twinbee, and December will round off with Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden and Adventures of Lolo.

As also announced previously, these classics will provide online play, be they multiplayer co-op (Ice Climber) or twists on single-player affairs (Super Mario Bros. features a second-player hand cursor to encourage or point out secrets.)

Cloud Saves are automatically uploaded to Nintendo’s cloud service, and with these tied to your account, you can download these saves to a new system in case your old Switch breaks. Unfortunately, certain games featuring online play such as Splatoon 2 won’t be compatible with the cloud service.

Finally, voice chat is compatible with online games such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and all NES games supporting the multiplayer feature.

Nintendo Switch Online launches September 18th. Will you make the jump? Let us know in the comments below!

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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