You now have the chance to learn everything that you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, as Nintendo has shared more comprehensive information about their plans for the paid subscription service.
The biggest news is that the service will include cloud saves. Nintendo has revealed that users will be able to store their save data online to prevent it from becoming lost, although this won’t be possible with certain games – which, I imagine, will include “core RPG Pokémon title” that’s headed to Nintendo Switch.
As we knew before, a subscription will be required to play online multiplayer in games like Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. But, interestingly, not all games will require a subscription for online multiplayer.
The Classic Game Selection will include 20 games when the service launches in September 2018, with Nintendo confirming the first 10 as Ice Climber, Soccer, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Tennis, Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros. and Balloon Fight.
These, as was announced previously, will have online play added to them that will let you compete or cooperate with friends, share your screen, or pass the controller – although these options will understandably differ for each game. You can also use the Nintendo Switch Online app to voice chat in your play sessions.
The pricing plans are £3.49 ($3.99) per month, £6.99 ($7.99) for three months or £17.99 ($19.99) for 12 months, and there is a 12 month Family Membership for £31.49 ($34.99), which will allow a Nintendo Account holder to “invite up to seven others to join a family group” that will all have access to Nintendo Switch Online.