Nintendo remained true to their word by unveiling further details regarding Nintendo Switch Online as previously stated in their recent financial report. Nintendo Switch Online was supposed to be announced in late 2017 but was delayed to this year.
Similar to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold Live services, Nintendo Online Switch membership is required to participate in co-op and competitive online multiplayer for games such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido.
Other than that, the paid online subscription service includes “online play in compatible games, a selection of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games and the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app,” according to the online service’s website.
For the first time in Nintendo history, subscribers will get free online access to 20 classic NES games with 10 titles have been named while another 10 more will be added regularly. Here are the list of 10 free NES games that will arrive on the launch as shown below:
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros. 3
The online play feature is added into every classic NES games so you can expect to make full use of sharing a screen and passing the controllers among your friends, although it depends on which classic title you play. Moreover, you can also communicate through voice chat with the Nintendo Switch Online app which is not available yet in Malaysia.
One of the biggest highlight for Nintendo Switch Online would be the “Save Data Cloud Backup” which is an unprecedented step for Nintendo that enables player to never lose track of their game progress.
Now that we’ve laid out what we know about the Nintendo Switch Online, let’s look into the subscription price plan, shall we?
Players can choose to subscribe for one month which costs RM15.80 (USD$3.99) while 3 months is around RM31.60 (USD$7.99) and 12 months subscription is valued at RM79 (USD$19.99).
The pricing plan for Nintendo Switch Online’s one year subscription is astoundingly cheaper than the PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold which are both valued at RM129 and RM236 (USD$59.99) respectively.
Nintendo also takes on the approach of “the more the merrier” by targeting towards families with a specialised subscription plan that works like a Spotify Family. The one year Family Nintendo membership plan costs around RM138.20 (USD$34.99) which allows the account owner to invite 7 other members to have access to the online service under the roof of one Nintendo account.
Nintendo Switch Online is scheduled to launch in September 2018. You can find out more details about the service under the FAQ segment.
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