Nintendo Switch Online Service: More Details Revealed In Nintendo Direct

Nintendo sheds some more light on Switch's premium online service.

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Nintendo devoted a portion of its Direct presentation last week to sharing more information on its upcoming paid online service for Switch. The service will begin rolling out for players this week, on September 18 (September 19 in Europe and Japan), and now we know a few more details about its classic games library and other perks.

As previously revealed, while online services have been free on Switch since the console launched in March 2017, you'll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to play games such as Splatoon 2 and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate against other players online going forward. Many of these games will receive additional features via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app. Splatoon 2 players, for instance, are able to access SplatNet 2 on the app--a service that allows them to view stats, the stage rotation schedule, and order gear to pick up in the game.

In addition to online play, a Nintendo Switch Online subscription grants you access to a library of classic NES games. Nintendo says this lineup will be expanded with new titles on a regular basis, but at launch, it will feature 20 classic games, each of which features some form of added online play. The company revealed the first half of the launch lineup back in May, and now we know the full list of games that will be available on day one:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excitebike
  • Yoshi
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball

In addition to those games, Nintendo will introduce more titles to the library each month. In October, Solomen's Key, NES Open, and Super Dodge Ball will be added; November will bring Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee; and December's batch includes Wario's Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lolo. You can find more details about the NES library on Nintendo's website.

Switch Online subscribers will also receive other benefits, such as cloud saves. This won't work with all titles--the upcoming Pokemon RPGs, Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee are among the games that won't support the feature--but it will be available for most Switch titles. Subscribers will also receive "special offers" on the Eshop, although Nintendo says it will share more details about that in the future.

Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions can be purchased in one-month (US $4 / £3.49 / AU $6), three-month (US $8 / £7 / AU $12), and 12-month (US $20 / £18 / AU $30) increments. Nintendo is also offering an annual Family Plan for US $35 / £31.49 / AU $55, which allows up to eight Nintendo Account holders in the same family group to take advantage of the service, even across different Switch consoles. You'll be able to try the service for free for seven days when it launches.

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Service is near worthless and they deliberately gated features that should be bog standard for everyone. Pathetic.

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They had me at Super Dodge Ball. Dammit... I really didn't want to pay for this...

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Letting people play online for free for almost 2 years was a huge mistake. If you're going to start making people pay for online, it should be done at the launch of a new console. Still don't see how they can get away with requiring people to pay for an online service with no dedicated voice chat. Using a smartphone? Really? If any of the other 2 console manufacturers tried that, oh boy. I also find it hard to believe that any serious Nintendo fan doesn't own multiple copies of most of those free games already. I know I do. Seems to me they decided on this online service way late in the production of the Switch or more likely, after the release of the Switch. Hence the half-baked release. There are more reasons not to get the service than there are reasons to get it. Cloud saving that only works for certain games, Splatoon 2 not being one of them. Whaaaaat? So the second best feature of the service is not even for all games because: possible cheating by editing your save and uploading it to the Cloud. Alrrrigghhty then. Just think about the many implications of that for a second.... No dedicated servers. At all. No dedicated voice chat. Seriously, they should be paying us to use this service.

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This service is a scam and doesn't even include the basics like voice chat. I HAVE a voice chat app on my phone already for free.

Switch is a good system, but Nintendo is the least trustworthy name in a gaming.

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the online service is lackluster and a big disappointment. I am already able to play online for almost 2 years know for free and now i have to pay for it, they are not offering nothing substantial i mean the nes games are ok but at this point in time this should be nes snes n64 gamecube wii. come on!! nes only? its just weird.

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Nice touch with the NES games, people whining about paying for this service, why?

Unless you're on a pc all the other platforms are doing it and have been for ages.

At least we got a year free and a larger collection of subscription "free" games with it.

Why should the Nintendo platform be any different to its competitors with regard to the paying to play online?

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@itchyflop: because its competitors have new and innovative things like voice chat that doesn't require a telephone.

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@Ohaidere: aha point taken.

Does it’s competitors have a undocked function? like take your game with you mobile ?

Nothing to do with online subscription I just wanted to highlight the originality of it.

Did it’s competitors charge you from day one to play online?

Did Nintendo?

it’s a bummer that they are doing this but get real, they’re all doing it and ALL of them offer something special, whether it’s xbox “superior” 4K and to date is the most powerful console, or PlayStation with its mind blowing exclusives, Iv already mentioned Nintendo’s!

Maybe don’t pay it and sell your switch if you feel that strongly.

It’s not gonna change unfortunately

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@itchyflop: You are missing a lot of few details. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pyPPyTXGO20

This video explains very well why most people are upset with the Nintendo’s online service.

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@LtEarth: just watched the vid now and yep understand now, thanks for posting.

Forgive my ignorance!!!

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@LtEarth: and do you think it’s gonna change anything?

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@itchyflop: They're complaining because they didn't bring Virtual Console and this is all we get

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@girlusocrazy: again, I hated it when Xbox did this but if you want to play it, pay it, it’s not gonna go away or change.

how about be grateful you got over a year free!

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@itchyflop: I didn't use it, I don't have any games that go online. I'd like to be able to pick what games I want from a catalog and just buy them. Instead Nintendo is slowly releasing selected games.

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@girlusocrazy: so if iv read your comment correctly, you dont even use the online service.

Why are you complaining if you dont use it? (not that you dont have the right to).

I dont follow your comment "instead Nintendo is slowly releasing selected games" ?

You can buy the games from any online store other than Nintendo or a high street store?

I dont play online with Nintendo, i may want to in future, i dont play online with the other platforms i own, only because of other commitments in my life right now, i did and i HAD to pay the subscription, its the way it is.

I dont pay it now, and i dont moan about having to if i ever go back to online gaming, it shit yeah but thats the trend and has been for years, maybe the answer is PC gaming where there is no subscription to play online (excluding Warcraft games etc), or dont.

Unless Nintendo are going to charge to go online to visit their own eshop from a switch device, are they?

I can then see your valid and quite right point and complaint.

But surely Nintendo are not that stupid?

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@itchyflop: I'm complaining because they don't have VC, but instead want to roll out games on this service whenever they feel like it. I'd rather just choose the ones I want and buy them. You can't buy Super Mario World or Link to the Past or Super Metroid for Switch for example, or even third party games like Demon's Crest, and who knows if/when they'll make them available.

It would be nice to have the same selection of games that was available on Wii VC. I don't really want to buy the games on any online store, I can already play them on TV. I want them specifically for Switch for on and off-TV play at my discretion for convenience.

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@girlusocrazy: oh right ok.

Nintendo didn't have it before subscription either, so you wont be missing out, seeing as you never use the feature anyway.

With respect it just seems like your complaining when you dont need to be.

People that do use it already and now have to pay for the privilege, maybe, its still gonna happen no matter what and as iv already mentioned, the other platforms do it and you only get 2 games per platform to play each month.

I can see your mobility point, it would be nice to play some older games on the fly, buy a game-boy advance then or DS and do so, the money you'll be spending on subscription to this will eventually pay for the same, not to mention if you're paying other annual subs to other platforms such as ps plus.

I bought them all anyway including game-cube for this reason (mobile and tv based).

Just my opinion, nothing bad intended by the way, have a good one :)

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@itchyflop: I get that but even at launch they were stringing us along saying they have yet to reveal news about virtual console and recognize that there is a demand for their legacy content and they plan on revealing news 'soon', and when they revealed their subscription service they even stated that it was not intended to be a replacement for virtual console but acknowledge the appetite for such an option. Eventually, a year later, they flat out say there will be no virtual console.

Maybe they were trying to make it happen, maybe they were formulating possible ways to move forward with the idea, but they were not very transparent, they were putting the idea out that something along those lines was in the works, and to be fair they did carry it across from Wii to Wii U, they had a VC on 3DS and New 3DS, and with everything they were saying it sounded like they were trying to carry it forward to Switch as well.

So yes, it is valid to complain about the way they have handled the VC legacy, especially not having any firm stance before launch and carrying the idea forward while people were buying Switch even a year into the system's life.

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@girlusocrazy: Again i kinda see your point, however there are multiple platforms you can already play the VC on.

I dunno maybe you were going to subscribe to it IF the VC option was available ?

Just seemed to be "band wagon" Nintendo hate to me (dont like troll word), seeing as you dont already use the feature but hey its your opinion, maybe they'll change their virtual minds later on and introduce it !!!

Its a reason you still wont be using it i dont think its your right to complain about it, your not losing out, nothing has changed for you.

Though im starting to see why you and others on here are complaining, however, again as iv already stated, the likes of play station owners (like myself, a;so owning a switch and everything else) HAVE to pay to play online and get the monthly games to play without the ability to choose and its not many and they are usually crap, at least there's a variety of NES games on offer for the privilege.

I dont know why people dont look at it like this, Nintendo DONT have to offer anything as do any of the companies.

Anyway, you have a good day :)

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@itchyflop: Like I said I'd prefer the convenience of being able to switch between on and off-TV play and a already have the switch, I don't have another device that would offer the convenience nor the means to buy NES/SNES/N64 games.

Given their comments on the VC prior and through launch, as well as their history, I feel justified in my position. I'm not taking up a pitchfork, and I can live without it, but I am disappointed and feel led on. Obviously you're free to have your own perspective and opinions as well.

As for paying to play online I am not interested, I don't do that on any platform and have no desire for online multiplayer or online services.

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Still absolutely no reason to pay for Nintendo's multiplayer ransom, I refuse to call it a service. The NES games are fine but seriously this is 2018, I'd prefer a couple of NES and a Switch game as 'freebies'.

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@risingdawn: are you paying for the other subscription based services such as ps plus ?

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@itchyflop:

Nope

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@risingdawn: so by definition you dont even play multiplayer games then only single player?

If so fair enough, dont get me wrong i hate paying for it and iv come away from ps plus and focused on the single player aspect, also having kids meant its quite sporadic when i do get to play and for how long, so for me its a waste fo time at the moment, however i do miss the spontaneity of other human gamers.

If your happy with single player or local on the switch with the few that are so be it.

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@itchyflop: I'm not dumb enough to pay for multiplayer, hence when I play games multiplayer - I do so on PC.

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@Thanatos2k: there must be a lot of “dumb” people out there, playing the exclusive Games on their PlayStations and Xbox’s, not available on the master race !!

ha that’s ur choice, if u feel ur not missing out so be it, but god of war for example is fantastic!!

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@itchyflop: Half the population is below average intelligence, after all.

Besides, exclusive games are rarely the ones worth playing multiplayer. God of War, for example, does not charge me a dime extra to play it.

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@Thanatos2k: Ha in your opinion............of course.

I think its more than half the population playing on console based multiplayer games, unless the figured audience are playing fortnite, then i will agree with you, that is dumb!

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@itchyflop: No, it's a fact that God of War never charged me extra to play it.

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@Thanatos2k: I was referring to your intelligent assumption!

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@itchyflop: Uh...that's also a fact.

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@Thanatos2k: Are you for real !!!!!

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@itchyflop: I'm not into competitive multi-player really no. I like some co-op games, but I prefer them local co-op which Nintendo continue to do fantastically in comparison. I always play Monster Hunter online though, so I have payed for online while I played World and then cancelled after.

With Switch it's biggest benefit to me is it's handheld, drop when the kids or missus needs something, which is lots, and then pick up half hour later for a bit more.

And I can play with the kids or mates on the TV like 4 player on loads of games. Nintendo didn't really need lock the few games you even need multiplayer on behind a pay-wall in my opinion. Especially not without a substantial benefit, it's called a service for a reason.

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@risingdawn: Again why should Nintendo be any different from the other console based online play subscription service that started a while ago, wasn't it xbox classic with an annual fee?

I dont like it but i knew i had to arrive at some point, thats one of the reasons i left the Microsoft platform.

Their a business first and for most im sure i dont need to tell you the aspects of that, its a trend unfortunately and has been for a while.

Im grateful for the "free" time we did have, but i totally agree with you, i for one will not be paying either.

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@itchyflop: because Sony and MS offer much more robust services for their online. Nintendo's is a scam that offers less than basic services.

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@Ohaidere: for half the price $19.99 (US)?

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@itchyflop: Nintendo's service was bad even when it was free.

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@Ohaidere: aha lmao!!

just watched LtEarth vid above highlighting the bad, and yeah i get it now, peer to peer play (omg)!!

I rarely use the online feature of switch so didn't really experience any issues

the vid points out your point too, thanks and duly noted!

next time ill stfu :)

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So many games! Too little time and money..

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NES only? It would have been nice if they would add SNES also, even nicer if they could also add N64.

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@freedom01: This, I expect to see the SNES expansion announced next year.

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I loved, LOVED Mario Tennis Aces, but it was completely and utterly ruined by it being peer to peer. If they don't provide servers for their games and charge me £19 for the privilege of playing them as I have for the last year and a half, they can go to hell.

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What no Urban Champion?

And people were actually expecting SNES games on this list... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Heard they are going to do P2P servers so that is why it is cheap. please let it be just rumors

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I wonder how long it'll stay $20. Maybe I should buy 3 years at once before they go up like everything else!

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@aproxinate: Honestly the $20 a year is a rip off considering it offers less than basic services. It was bad when it was free.

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@aproxinate: I figure the price wont change until they announce dedicated servers and other incentives for a price hike. I'm guessing it won't happen for a while.

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