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The Nintendo Switch Online service will launch in September 2018. Here’s what it will include.

Nintendo has released more information on the new Nintendo Switch Online service that will launch in September this year.

In addition to giving Switch users continued access to online multiplayer in games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2, the service will also include access to 20 NES games. Each game has been adapted to include new online multiplayer functionality. So far, 10 titles have been confirmed.

Nintendo Switch Online – Confirmed NES games

  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dr. Mario
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tennis

Also included as part of Nintendo Switch Online is the ability to back up save data online. This is has been a long-requested feature from Switch owners, and can’t come soon enough. Nintendo promise more details before launch.

Nintendo also say that subscribers will get access to special offers, and that the much-maligned Nintendo Online smartphone app will receive new features. Online voice chat will remain exclusive to the app, unfortunately.

Twelve months access to the service will cost $19.99 in the US, or $3.99 for a one month subscription. A one-year family membership plan will cost $34.99, and allows up to seven other players to join a family group. We’ll add full EU pricing as soon as we have confirmation.

Nintendo Switch Online – Pricing

  • 1 month – $3.99
  • 3 months – $7.99
  • 12 months – $39.99

Current Nintendo Switch online features that will not be affected by the new service include access to the Nintendo eShop, friend registration, screenshot sharing, parental controls, and the Switch news service.

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