Nintendo today announced the full details regarding Nintendo Switch Online. The paid online subscription service will go live on September 18, 2018.

The service will cost AU$29.95 for 12 months and gives subscribers access to 5 main features detailed below. Families with more than 2 Nintendo Accounts can take advantage of a Family Membership which costs AU$54.95 for 12 months and can include up to 8 Nintendo Accounts.

The five main features of Nintendo Switch Online are:

  • Online Play: players can compete against others over the internet in supported multiplayer Nintendo Switch games. Since the launch of the console, Nintendo has offered this for free on a “trial” basis. A Nintendo Switch Online membership will be required to play games online from September 18. Nintendo is offering a 7 day free trial from launch date.
  • Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Switch Online: Members will have access to a constantly growing list of classic NES games on Nintendo Switch. Multiplayer is also enabled and games will also have online access, allowing players to upload scores to leader boards and compete over the internet. Games that aren’t featured in the NES Classic Mini will appear on the Nintendo Switch.
  • Save Data Cloud: Nintendo Switch game save files will automatically backup to the cloud. The feature isn’t available with all software (games such as Splatoon 2 and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu!/Eevee! would enable players to cheat if they could access older save files, for example). The feature is intended to store a backup of user data should something happen to their console.
  • Dedicated Smartphone App: The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone/tablet app enables players to voice chat while playing games online. Games can also enhance gameplay with the app.
  • Exclusive offers for members: Nintendo promised more details in the future regarding special offers for members. In the past, the company has mentioned these will be in the form of exclusive discounts on games in the eShop.

Nintendo is also launching a wireless NES gamepad set for Switch. The gamepads will work with the NES titles offered with the Nintendo Switch Online service and can be charged by connecting them to the Nintendo Switch console, as one would a Joy-Con. The set includes 2 gamepads and is only avalible to those with a Nintendo Switch Online account, and then limited to one pack per customer. In the US, the set is being sold for US$59.99. Local pricing is being sought.

Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Switch Online

NES games launching with the online service are as follows:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts’n Goblins
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excitebike
  • Yoshi
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball

The following games will be added in October:

  • Solomon’s Key
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Super Dodge Ball

The following games will be added in November:

  • Metroid
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • TwinBee

The following games will be added in December:

  • Wario’s Woods
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Adventures of Lolo
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Ty Muddle

Ty Muddle

I cut my gaming teeth on a Commodore 64 my siblings and I found stashed under my parents bed. It was the early 90's and the strange computerised images were a novelty for a young kid living in a rural Australian town. It would be some years before I was introduced to a simple word processor powered by a Apple II my grandfather found at the dump but it didn't take much to spark a love of writing and video gaming that would continue through my life. My first "modern" console was, like most people in Australia at the time, a Sega Master System II. In those days you'd hire games from the local video store. I always loved flipping to the back of the game manual to see the cheat codes other players would scribble in the "Notes" section.