PSA: Amazon Prime Includes A Free Year Of Nintendo Switch Online
Start playing those SNES classics today.
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Last year, Nintendo launched its subscription-based online service for Nintendo Switch, following in the footsteps of Sony and Microsoft. Now, that membership just got even more appealing, as Nintendo announced that Switch Online will now include free access to 20 classic SNES games starting September 5, including iconic titles like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Yoshi's Island, and Super Mario World. The SNES NSO games support both local and online multiplayer, and they will also include the Rewind feature, which lets you rewind the game a few seconds to undo a mistake. Nintendo is also releasing an official SNES controller compatible with the Switch for $30 so you can experience the classic games how they were originally intended.
Normally, individual Switch Online subscriptions cost $4 USD a month, $8 USD for three months, and $20 USD for 12 months. For $35 USD a year, you can subscribe to a Switch Online Family Membership, which includes the service for eight different consoles (letting you split the price with friends or family members). While the price is more modest than that of PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, that price just got even better if you're a Twitch Prime member (one of the perks of Amazon Prime).
Twitch Prime members can claim a full year of free Nintendo Switch Online. You just need to sign in to claim your first three months, and if you come back after 60 days, you'll get another nine months added to your account. If you already have Switch Online, you can still take advantage of this deal. Just sign-in and be sure to renew the deal after 60 days so you can get all 12 months added to your account. Whether you're signing up for Switch Online for the first time or adding free time to your account, you have until September 24 to grab your first three months and until January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine.
A Switch Online subscription offers more than being able to play the online multiplayer component in games like Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With a subscription, you also get access to a library of classic NES games that you can play as much as you want. New games are added every few months, with 1998's Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventures of Link added this past January. Subscribers also get access to cloud saves, allowing them to recover their data should their Switch console break or be stolen.
Amazon has already been creating video game-related benefits for Twitch Prime members, offering free PC titles every month. September's free games just became available. Until October 1, with Twitch Prime, you can download Yoku's Island Express, Manual Samuel, Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones, and Chicken Assassin: Reloaded at no cost. To claim these games, you must make sure your Amazon account is linked to Twitch.
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