Nintendo's Switch has already proven to be a lifesaver for the company, making their Wii U troubles seem like a distant memory. It's time to return some of that love though and Nintendo have revealed exactly how they intend to go about it.
The company also revealed its US pricing as $3.99, $7.99 and $19.99 for one, three and 12 month Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions, respectively. There's also family membership, which costs $34.99 for 12 months, providing the service for up to eight users.
Naturally, the service is a must if you're planning on any sort of multiplay on your Switch. Most likely trying to dangle that carrot in front of the undecided, Nintendo listed Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and a few more as good examples of what sort of fun the service aims for. However, "online multiplayer gaming will be free until the paid service launches in 2018."
Nintendo Switch Online will come with a compilation of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) classics. A total of 20 games will be featured at launch, including SuperMario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, etc.
Despite murmurs of the Virtual Console coming back, Nintendo nipped that rumour in the bud claiming that there are no such plans at the moment. While this does not mean that Nintendo will overlook their older games, it does mean that they won't have a dedicated store.
All of the games have received a modern facelift, allowing for online competitive or co-op multiplayer, as well as plain spectating. Voice chat is supported via Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application.
The service also provides cloud backup of your save data online, which should be handy, especially when switching, replacing your devices or something along those lines.
Nintendo also talked about enhancing online experience with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, even though voice chat seems to be the only really useful feature at the moment.
The app does grant you access to SplatNet 2 service, where you can check out rankings and some other stats. Nevertheless, it doesn't seem like much of an enhancement so we hope Nintendo find a way to spice it up down the line.