Nintendo has given some new details on its long-in-gestation online service for the Switch. The service, officially called Nintendo Switch Online, will go live this September costing $ 3.99 a month, with the price for three months set at $ 7.99 and one year for $ 19.99. There’s also a $ 34.99 option for a family plan that works across up to eight accounts.
The service lets you play games like Splatoon 2, Arms, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online, which has previously been free. Features like voice chat will continue to be offered through a smartphone app. Nintendo has confirmed that cloud backup for save data will also form part of the service, a long-requested feature for Nintendo consoles.
Other than maintaining the ability to play existing games online, the biggest reason to sign up for the service will be the library of NES games that Nintendo is adapting to the Switch complete with online compatibility and voice chat. There’ll be 20 games at launch, with the following 10 confirmed:
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong
- Dr. Mario
- Ice Climber
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
Nintendo still isn’t saying anything about the possibility of a Virtual Console store for the Switch, so this is the nearest equivalent for now. The company says new titles will be added to the service regularly, though it looks like it’ll be limited to the NES initially. It’s not quite the Netflix-for-Nintendo subscription package we’ve been waiting for, then, but it’s a start.