The Nintendo Direct livestream was a treasure trove of new games and other details for excited gamers today. We already heard about some of the new titles like New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, but there’s even more coming for the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is finally getting full online play via a paid subscription service.
The service will cost $19.99 for a 1 year subscription as an individual, or you can get it for $3.99 a month. The service also offers a family plan where 2 or more accounts, up to 8 total people, can get a single package sub for $34.99 per year.
Other details of the service include a new cloud saves system, as well as a new retro service called Nintendo Entertainment System—Nintendo Switch Online which will allow subscribers to play classic NES titles “anytime, anywhere.” You’ll be able to play an expanding library of retro games like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda and Pro Wrestling when the service debuts. Nintendo is promising to expand the lineup over time as well.
One thing that might annoy people is that when the Online section launches, Nintendo is making some changes to its console’s online infrastructure. With Switch Online’s debut, players will be unable to unlink a Nintendo account from a Switch profile. Cloud saves for your games will also be locked to the account they were created for. This is being done with account security in mind, so there’s at least a good reason behind it. If you want to preemptively disassociate your accounts, you have a window to do that. That period ends on September 18 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
The Switch Online service launches on September 18, and you can check out the official overview video down below.