Nintendo has just revealed details and the Canadian pricing of it’s new Nintendo Switch Online service. Starting this September you’ll be able to subscribe to the service which provides access to online play, cloud game backups, free to play NES games and more!
Online Play: When the service begins you’ll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online membership in order to play select games online. The list of announced games includes Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido.
Nintendo Entertainment System: Get free access to a library of classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch. Members will have access to 20 titles when at launch and Nintendo promises to add new games regularly. Nintendo has added online play to every game so you’ll also be able to go head to head against your friends or play cooperatively. Here are the announced launch titles.
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
Save Data Cloud Backup: Members will be able to back up their games save data to the cloud. This will add not only convenience but also redundancy as you won’t need to worry about losing your data should your Switch fall off a bridge. More details on this feature will be released closer to the services launch date.
Nintendo Switch Online app: Not much information about the app has been revealed but the it’s intended to compliment your Nintendo Switch by enhancing your gaming experience. Voice chat, an invitation system and special game specific features are a few things the app will provide.
Special Offers: Nintendo hasn’t revealed what the special offers will be but I assume we can expect to see member only deals (e.g: members save 20% off select titles).
Plans and Canadian Pricing
One of the most important things we learned from this announcement was the Canadian pricing of the new service. There are individual member options and a special family option for those households with more gamers. Family membership lets you add up to 7 additional people to your account. You'll be able to purchase memberships via Nintendo.com and Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch system, and at select retailers.
Individual Membership: 1-month ($4.99), 3-months ($9.99), 12-months ($24.99)
Family Membership: 12-months ($44.99)
The price point comes in much lower than the Xbox and Playstation equivalents however the value of each is subjective. As more Nintendo Switch titles that require membership get released and additional NES games get added, the value of Nintendo Switch Online will improve.
Did Nintendo pack enough into their new online service for you to sign up? Let us know in the comments below.