One day ago, we finally get more details about the Nintendo Switch paid online service, it will begain on this September, support cloud saving, cost $20 per year for a person and the most surprising part, it will allow us to play 20 NES games on the Nintendo Switch. Want to know more about the Nintendo Switch Online Service? Just read our article here, we are collecting all the essential news for you.
What is Nintendo Switch online?
Nintendo’s first-ever paid online subscription service.
Nintendo Switch Online service is an affordable, multi-featured paid service for Nintendo Switch consoler users. It lets users enjoy online play for compatible Nintendo Switch games, access classic NES games with added online functionality, back up save data for most games and use additional features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app that will enhance the online experience for compatible games.
Nintendo Switch Online Features
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: Enjoy a selection of NES games with added online play for the first time ever as part of your paid Nintendo Switch Online membership. The collection will initially include 20 games, with more added on a regular basis. At launch, previously announced games Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis. An additional 10 launch games will be announced in the future.
Save Data Cloud Backup: By using Nintendo Switch Online, a backup of Nintendo Switch save data for most Nintendo Switch games will be stored online for easy access. This is great for people who want to retrieve their data if they lose, break or purchase an additional Nintendo Switch system. Details about this feature will be available before the paid service launches in September.
Online Play: A Nintendo Switch Online membership will be needed to participate in co-op and competitive online features for many current and upcoming Nintendo Switch games, such as Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Mario Tennis Aces and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. Currently, you can enjoy online play for free, but since September 2018, you need to pay for the online function.
Nintendo Switch Online App: The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application can be used to enhance the online experience for compatible games such as Splatoon™ 2 through voice chat and other features.
Special Offers: Stay tuned for news on special deals and offers for members.
How much to get Nintendo Switch Online?
The service will cost $4 for one month, $8 for three months, or $20 for a full year. A family membership—allowing up to eight “family accounts” to use the same subscription—will cost $35 for a year.
Online accounts will be portable across Switch systems, provided you log on to the secondary console with your centralized Nintendo Account. But if you want to use your online subscription across multiple player profiles on a single Switch system, you’ll have to upgrade to a family membership for $35 a year.
The $20 per year subscription will also be necessary starting in September for online play. It might be a bit much to ask if you don’t play a lot of Splatoon or Mario Kart 8 or aren’t so into retro NES games, but it’s sure cheaper than the competition.
Nintendo Switch Online Service FAQ
A: How do I purchase a membership for Nintendo Switch Online?
Q: After the September 2018 launch, Nintendo Switch Online memberships will be available for purchase on Nintendo.com, in Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch system, and through select retailers.
A: Which games require a Nintendo Switch Online membership to access online play?
Q: Nintendo Switch games such Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, will require a Nintendo Switch Online membership, but other games will vary.
A: How can I tell if a game requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership for online play?
Q: We will share information on this topic at a later date.
A: What pricing plans are available?
Q:There are individual memberships and family memberships (for up to 8 users). Individual memberships are available in 1-, 3-, and 12-month increments, while all family memberships are for 12 months.
A: If I own multiple Nintendo Switch systems, will I need a separate membership for each one?
Q: No. Nintendo Switch Online can be used on any device by signing in with the Nintendo Account that purchased the membership.
A: If someone buys an individual membership, can other users on the same Nintendo Switch system use that Nintendo Switch Online membership?
Q: Individual memberships can only be used by the Nintendo Account holder who purchased the membership. However, you can share the Nintendo Switch Online features across all the Nintendo Accounts in a family group by purchasing a family membership.
A: How do I create a family group?
Q: Starting May 15, 2018, it will be possible to create a Nintendo Account Family Group via your Nintendo Account settings. Up to eight Nintendo Accounts (including child accounts) can be linked as a family group.
A: Can child accounts be added to a family group and use a family membership for Nintendo Switch Online?
Q: Any Nintendo Accounts associated with the familymembership can use the service features. Parents may use Nintendo Switch Parental Controls to set restrictions for online play; restrictions for the Nintendo Online Service app can be managed with your smartphone’s parental control restriction settings.
A: Where can I find Parental Controls in my Nintendo Account settings?
Q: Once logged into your Nintendo Account, click on Parental Controls in the left navigation bar.
A: Is Nintendo Switch Online needed for online play for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family of systems?
Q: No, this service is only for Nintendo Switch systems.
A: When the paid service starts in September 2018, will membership plans be charged automatically?
Q: No, Nintendo Account holders may purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership plan at any time after launch.
A: If I don’t purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership plan, will my Nintendo Switch system have any online features?
Q: Yes. Online features including Nintendo eShop, Friend registration and management, the sharing of screenshots over social networks, Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, system and software updates, and Nintendo Switch News will not be affected by the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online paid service.
A: What about the Virtual Console?
Q: Nintendo has finally confirmed that Virtual Console — a service that offers a variety of classic games from previous console generations — will not be coming to Switch. From a Nintendo representative, “There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections.”
A: How do I set up and use Save Data Cloud backup?
Q: More news will come out soon.
A: Which features won’t be effected by Nintendo Switch Online Service?
Q: Online features including Nintendo eShop, Friend registration and management, the sharing of screenshots over social networks, Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, system and software updates, and Nintendo Switch News will not be affected by the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online paid service.
A: More Details on the NES games for Nintendo Switch Online?
Q: For the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy these classic NES games online. Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and “pass the controller” at any time. Every classic NES game will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app. It will also be possible to play these games offline.
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