Nintendo releasing retro NES controllers with Switch Online service

Nintendo Switch with Splatoon 2

Nintendo has announced new retro Nintendo Entertainment System-inspired controllers that will be exclusively available for purchase by its upcoming Switch Online service members.

The gamepads will let users play the 20 classic NES games offered for free with the Switch Online service using a retro-style control scheme. Attaching them to a docked Nintendo Switch system will charge them.

The controllers can be purchased in a pack of two for $79.99 CAD, with pre-orders beginning on September 18th, exclusively for Switch Online members. Controllers are expected to ship in mid-December.

As previously announced, Nintendo Switch Online will launch on Tuesday, September 18th. The service will offer access to online multiplayer in games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as cloud storage for game saves.

Further, as mentioned before, Switch Online members will be able to download 20 classic Nintendo Entertainment System games at launch at no additional cost, including Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Each title will also feature newly added online functionality, such as a leaderboard feature or online co-op.

There will be a few different Nintendo Switch Online membership options available to Canadians. A one-month subscription will cost $4.99 CAD, while three months is priced at $9.99 and 12 months costs $24.99. Finally, a family membership — which supports up to eight online Nintendo accounts — will cost $44.99-per-year.

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