Nintendo Switch Online Paid Service Launches on September 18

posted on by Karen Ressler
Service allows online play, offers library of NES games

Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday that it will launch its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service on September 18. The presentation included a video detailing the service.

As previously announced, subscription costs US$3.99/300 yen/£3.49/€3.99 for a one-month membership, US$7.99/800 yen/£6.99/€7.99 for a three-month membership, and US$19.99/2,400 yen/£17.99/€19.99 for a 12-month membership. Nintendo is also offering a "Family Membership" option, which costs US$34.99/4,500 yen/£31.49/€34.99 for one year, and allows eight different users to use the service even on different systems.

Members will have access to a library of classic NES games, many of which will also offer online multiplayer. Nintendo previously told Kotaku last year that the service will offer unlimited play with a subscription, and that it is also taking Super NES titles "under consideration."

The Nintendo Direct presentation revealed NES controller-themed JoyCon controllers for use with the NES games on Switch. The controllers will ship in mid-December, exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members.

Other subscriber benefits include the ability to save game data to the cloud and special offers such as the NES controllers and DLC for Splatoon 2 gear. The service will also have an app that will allow voice chat with certain games. Nintendo began offering a free trial version for the app for a limited time starting with the release of the Splatoon 2 game last July.

Some games, such as Splatoon 2 and ARMS, will require a Switch Online subscription to play online, but other games will vary.

Nintendo released its Switch console in March last year.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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