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Nintendo Pulls The Cover Off Of Its Online Switch Service

Since the release of the Switch, Nintendo has been rather coy about its online plans, but today that changed.

Confirmed today is that the service will allow you to play your Switch games online, similar to Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's Playstation Plus services. This isn't anything new to what was expected as it obviously is the basis of any console paid online system.

Included in the package are 20 NES games, however, these come with a twist. For the first time, the games will be playable online.

The first 10 games announced include;

  • Soccer

  • Tennis

  • Balloon Flight

  • Ice Climber

  • Donkey Kong

  • Dr. Mario

  • Mario Bros.

  • The Legend of Zelda

  • Super Mario Bros.

  • Super Mario Bros. 3

The service will also include cloud save data for all games on your Switch for easy access, enhance features on the Nintendo Switch Mobile App, and special offers exclusive to Service members.

Nintendo have confirmed that in terms of pricing, access to the service will cost $3.99 for 1 month, $7.99 for 3 months, and $19.99 for a full 12 months.

Each account holder would need to purchase an account, however, up to 8 people can join a Family Membership for $34.99 for 12 months.

Comparable to their rivals online programmes, these costs are very reasonable as Xbox Live and Playstation Plus will both set you back $59.99 for 12 months.

Nintendo appear to be moving away from a Virtual Console as such but have confirmed that more games will be added to the NES catalogue over time.

Whether this will include other consoles games, such as SNES or N64 will likely be unveiled soon, perhaps at E3.

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