Nintendo’s paid online service, Nintendo Switch Online, is coming in September, with free NES games and save data cloud backup.
Nintendo announced its online service last year but was light on the details. We now know that Nintendo Switch Online is coming in September 2018 and will cost $3.99 a month, with options to buy in blocks of 3 months ($7.99) or 12 months ($19.99). There is also a family membership plan for $34.99 a year that will let you link up to eight devices.
Nintendo Switch Online will add save data cloud backup, a feature that was frustratingly missing on the Switch’s original release. In addition, subscribers will also get access to 20 classic NES games including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros 3, Ice Climbers, and Donkey Kong, with Nintendo promising that more games will be added regularly.
It’s not all good news. Once Nintendo Switch Online goes live, players will no longer be able to play games such as Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online for free. Nintendo Switch Online may not be required for all online gaming however it looks like it will be mandatory for Nintendo published games.