Nintendo shares new details about Switch Online service

New details include NES games with online play and Save Data Cloud backup


Nintendo have finally announced details of their upcoming Nintendo Switch Online membership service, calling it an “affordable, multi-featured paid service that lets users enjoy online play for compatible Nintendo Switch games, access a growing library of classic NES games with added online functionality, back up save data for most games, and additional features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app that will enhance the online experience for compatible games.”

I mean, yeah, sounds great.

Nintendo also told us how much it’ll cost. Individual memberships will cost:

  • One month (30 days): NZ$6.55
  • Three months (90 days): NZ$13.15
  • 12 months (365 days): NZ$32.95

Overall, it’s WAY cheaper than PS Plus or XBox Live, but the Switch has proven already that these comparisons mean nothing. Regardless, it’s not breaking the bank.

Family membership, where up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to utilise the Nintendo Switch Online service, will be NZ$60.45 for a full year. That’s a good deal, although if you’re in a household with eight Switches, you’re probably not counting pennies.


As far as the rest goes:

  • Nintendo Entertainment System will give access to Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games. The collection will initially include 20 games, with more being added regularly. At launch, previously announced games Balloon FightDr. Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be joined by Donkey KongIce ClimberThe Legend of ZeldaMario Bros.SoccerSuper Mario Bros.Tennis and 10 others that will be announced in the future.
  • Save Data Cloud is finally a thing, with Nintendo Switch Online allowing for backups of your precious save data. This is great for people who want to retrieve their data if they lose, break or purchase an additional Nintendo Switch console.
  • Online play will cost the cash monies too, with A Nintendo Switch Online membership will be needed to participate in co-op and competitive online features for Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and more. Reasonable.
  • Nintendo Switch Online App: The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application can be used to enhance the online experience for compatible games through voice chat and other features (Psst, WE DON’T WANT THIS ON SMARTPHONES NINTENDO).


Mixed bag really, but it’s affordable, and brings Nintendo in line with the other big names in the console department. Worth it? Probably. But we’ll see how it goes.

Visit the Nintendo website for more information about the Nintendo Switch Online service.

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