The Nintendo Switch online service will launch with 20 NES games, cloud saves, and more

The NES games will also be playable with online friends

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 8, 2018 at 5:48 a.m. PDT

Nintendo has recently announced details about their upcoming paid online service for the Nintendo Switch. Some very interesting features will become available some time in September 2018.

Currently, the online play for compatible games is free. While it may seem like a bit of a bummer that this service will require a fee starting in September, Nintendo is offering some unique features for this program.

Upon launch, this service will come packaged with 20 free NES games. As of right now, we only know ten of them. There will be more games added on a "regular basis."

What's especially cool here is that players will be able to compete, cooperate, or take turns in these NES games online. According to a press release, friends will even be able to spectate others and "pass the controller" at any time. Voice chat can be utilized with the assistance of a smartphone app.

With this service, we'll also get access to a save data cloud backup. No more accidental file erasures. More details about this will be revealed before the launch.

Finally, there will be special offers available to those who subscribe to this paid service. There will likely be special discounts provided.

Let's take a look at ten of the twenty games that will become available to those who pay for the service in September.

10 NES games

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

While there currently aren't any fighting games in the list yet, we may see some later down the road. It's possible that games for other consoles like the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 will be added to the collection, though that remains unconfirmed.

Surprisingly, the service is quite a bit cheaper than Microsoft's Xbox Gold and Sony's PlayStation Plus programs.

Nintendo Switch Online Service Prices

• $3.99 for 1 month
• $7.99 for 3 months
• $19.99 for 12 months
• $34.99 for a 12-month family membership

The family membership allows the user to invite up to seven others to join a "family group." All the members will have access to Nintendo Switch Online.

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