Nintendo Switch online service adds cloud saves, 20 NES games for subscribers

Nintendo Canada has also confirmed Canadian pricing for the Switch's online services

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Nintendo has finally shared more information about its upcoming Nintendo Switch online subscription platform.

The service, which is due to roll out in September, is confirmed to feature “Save Data Cloud” backup, allowing users to transfer saved files between multiple switch consoles, as well as back files up in the cloud. Cloud save files are standard across the video game industry on the Xbox One’s Xbox Live, the PlayStation 4’s PlayStation Plus and Steam on PC.

Subscribers to Nintendo’s new platform will also get access to a library of 20 NES games at launch, with more titles set to be added “regularly” according to the Japanese gaming giant.

Launch titles include the 10 classic NES games listed below, with an additional 10 set to be announced at a later date. It’s unclear if Nintendo plans to only release retro Nintendo Entertainment System titles for the console as part of its online services.

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

Nintendo says that “every classic game” will feature some sort of online functionality.

“You can compete (or cooperate) online with friends, share your screen, or pass the controller, depending on the game,” reads information about the Switch’s online services on Nintendo’s website.

A dedicated app Switch online service app will also be available for smartphones. Nintendo’s paid online services platform was originally supposed to launch in late 2017, but the company delayed the release until 2018. Since the Switch’s release, online games have been free, though that is set to change in September when the paid platform drops.

This means that games like Splatoon 2, Arms, Mario Tennis Aces, Sushi Striker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, will all require a subscription to play online. Nintendo says it will share more details at a later date regarding what specific titles will require an online subscription to play online.

Nintendo has also confirmed Canadian pricing for the Switch’s online services. One month is set to be priced at $4.99 CAD, three months is priced at $9.99 and 12 months costs $24.99. A family membership — which allows for up to eight online Nintendo accounts — on the other hand, is priced at $44.99 a year.

Nintendo has a relatively comprehensive FAQ regarding the Switch’s upcoming online services platform up on its official website.

Source: Nintendo