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Nintendo Announces Canadian Pricing For New Online Gaming Service

Nintendo Announces Canadian Pricing For New Online Gaming Service

By Thomas Kenzaki

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!

Key Features

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.

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • 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.

9 Comments

    • I would rather not have to pay for multiplayer and cloud saves but it's reasonable and the added games are a nice bonus.
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    • The family membership seems like a weird cash-grab. When I sign up for PSN, I pay one price and everyone with an account on the PS4 can play online. I mean, sure the Nintendo Switch Online membership costs less than PSN, but the wording is weird. Does this mean that if I only pay for an individual membership, when I have a friend playing Splatoon 2 on the couch next to me, if we go online only I can play? I don't get it.
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    • The Nintendo Switch is the biggest Portable Device Release Failure ever!

      It was promised as a do it all device which allowed flexibility to play anywhere and as a entertainment powerhouse. 6 months later, I no longer take my Nintendo Switch on personal or business trips because my Ipad is simply more versatile, powerful and entertaining. Nintendo could have done much better and totally have blown the competition away, instead I have a device I regret packing along on any trip.

      Here are all the Nintendo Switch Flaws:
      No Internet Browser
      No 3rd Party Apps (Youtube, facebook, instagram)
      No Netflix or Streaming Service Accesabilty
      No E-mail service
      Nintendo wants you to buy games online, but gives you 32gb in a modern era- Fail
      No Camera/Picture capability
      No Online gaming option

      Basically the Nintendo Switch does absolutely nothing besides play games, my Ipad does that a ton more.
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    • 17.79 million units is a failure. What have your been smoking?

      It sounds like you want a tablet, or maybe a laptop. I don't think it was ever reasonable to expect a new Nintendo device to do everything.
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    • Pretty sure we are getting the kids a switch this xmas. The only thing I want the online membership for is the classic NES games. I'll cough up $25 a year for that, but they will need to add a lot more.
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    • Sorry not gonna pay and there are no games to play. Nintendo should be ashamed of the way they do business now. Charging full price for WII U games and now this.
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    • MuaySteve wrote:
      May 9th, 2018 2:56 pm
      Pretty sure we are getting the kids a switch this xmas. The only thing I want the online membership for is the classic NES games. I'll cough up $25 a year for that, but they will need to add a lot more.
      I imagine the NES games will be similar to Microsoft's Game Pass service and we'll keep getting new titles added to the list. Hopefully they'll add SNES games in the future as well.
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    • trueog wrote:
      May 9th, 2018 5:45 am
      The Nintendo Switch is the biggest Portable Device Release Failure ever!

      It was promised as a do it all device which allowed flexibility to play anywhere and as a entertainment powerhouse. 6 months later, I no longer take my Nintendo Switch on personal or business trips because my Ipad is simply more versatile, powerful and entertaining. Nintendo could have done much better and totally have blown the competition away, instead I have a device I regret packing along on any trip.

      Here are all the Nintendo Switch Flaws:
      No Internet Browser
      No 3rd Party Apps (Youtube, facebook, instagram)
      No Netflix or Streaming Service Accesabilty
      No E-mail service
      Nintendo wants you to buy games online, but gives you 32gb in a modern era- Fail
      No Camera/Picture capability
      No Online gaming option

      Basically the Nintendo Switch does absolutely nothing besides play games, my Ipad does that a ton more.
      These comments are funny. Everything you mention, I don't want in my gaming console. If you need a computer or a phone, I suggest you buy one.
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    • "These comments are funny. Everything you mention, I don't want in my gaming console. If you need a computer or a phone, I suggest you buy one. "

      I don't think it unreasonable to look for a lot these features in a modern gaming system seeing as how the competition supports many of them. Even the original Wii had a netflix client.
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