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Nintendo Switch Online service coming in the second half of September

With only weeks until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in the second half of September, we wanted to send you a reminder about all the great features this subscription-based service offers.

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you will have access to:

Online play in games like Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Tennis Aces.

Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, a selection of classic NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda and Dr. Mario with newly added online play.

Save Data Cloud backup, which lets you save your game data online for easy access in compatible games. This makes it easy to retrieve your game data if you lose your system or start using a new one.

Plus, enhance your online experience with features available through the Nintendo Switch smartphone app and receive special offers.

Additional details about Nintendo Switch Online, including the exact launch date, will be announced closer to launch.

Please note that Nintendo Switch owners won't automatically become members when the service starts, so they will need to purchase an individual or family membership in order to avoid disruption of their online play in compatible games.

For pricing information, and to pre-order a 3- or 12-month individual membership from select retailers so you can be ready to go once the service launches, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/pricing.

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We STILL don't know everything about this service. What are you doing Nintendo!? Why are you taking so long to reveal info about this. I know it's only $20 a year but the service from what they have revealed so far (besides Cloud Saves) is terrible. There is absolutely no value to this service at all. Also we don't know how or have seen how the crappy smartphone app works yet and a complete list of games that support/don't support the service. Ugh. I'm usually not this riled up on here but it's really frustrating how Nintendo still doesn't get online in the year 2018...

We STILL don't know everything about this service. What are you doing Nintendo!? Why are you taking so long to reveal info about this. I know it's only $20 a year but the service from what they have revealed so far (besides Cloud Saves) is terrible. There is absolutely no value to this service at all. Also we don't know how or have seen how the crappy smartphone app works yet and a complete list of games that support/don't support the service. Ugh. I'm usually not this riled up on here but it's really frustrating how Nintendo still doesn't get online in the year 2018...

Nintendo has never been a straightfoward company. Sometimes it's effective, other times, not so much.

My guess is there’s not much more to it. It could have really benefited from being part of a new Direct. But if hardcore Nintendo fans don’t understand, how are normal consumers expected to? Really odd.

No value in having access to NES games?

The only thing I really need to see is what the library of classic games looks like, how often it will be updated, and how soon until we receive SNES games.

And gb, gba, GameCube, gbc and Wii.

Of course, but SNES will be first, and how soon we get that will give us an idea of how long until the rest of it comes.

i hope smash ultimate to have a beefy singler player, because im not touchin that service until they clarify everything

Considering the game launches months after the service itself...

Thu Aug 09 18 09:41pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you will have access to:
Online play in games like Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Tennis Aces.

Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, a selection of classic NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda and Dr. Mario with newly added online play.

Save Data Cloud backup, which lets you save your game data online for easy access in compatible games. This makes it easy to retrieve your game data if you lose your system or start using a new one.

Plus, enhance your online experience with features available through the Nintendo Switch smartphone app and receive special offers.

Additional details about Nintendo Switch Online, including the exact launch date, will be announced closer to launch.

They really don't sell it well and we're still none the wiser from this PR statement. You can pick apart every point they made.

They're now charging for something that was free.

I don't care for NES games that much. I've access to them already through several means, e.g. Virtual Console on other Nintendo consoles or the NES Classic Mini. They haven't aged well and I doubt the added online will make them any more compelling.

You shouldn't have to pay to backup your save files. This shouldn't be the only method either.

Smartphone app? Don't care for it, most people don't. It's an unnecessary, convoluted method to something that should be really simple.

Closer to launch? We're about a month away from launch. How much closer can they get? They're still scrambling in the background a year and a half after the Switch's launch on something that should have been ready day 1.

In Soviet Russia, Internet surf you.

I just bought a Switch this summer. While I have no issues with a measly $20 per year for an online service...it is pretty lack luster. Cloud saves are great, money used to keep the online smooth is great, but that's about it.

Where is a full fledge VC? I don't care about playing 30 year old NES games over the internet as much as buying and owning classic NES/SNES/N64/Gamecube/Gameboy/DS classics. The Wii and Wii U had it. Why is it missing here??

Why can't we have proper voice chat with out the stupid app?

And what about a messaging system?

Why is Nintendo so stupid and unable to get online in 2018?? PlayStation and Xbox do it. Why can't Nintendo? I get it, they like to be "different". I love when Nintendo tries to be different with their games, but Nintendo's "different" approach to premium online service is terrible and makes them look weak compared to the online presence at PlayStation and Xbox. I am willing to cough up the dough for a better service from them

panurgejr
Thu Aug 09 18 10:16pm
Rating: 1

You know all those stories about indies doing really, really well, especially during the first year of Switch? The Virtual Console would have decimated those sales. Nintendo is staying out of the way of third parties by not giving them even more competition than their modern titles.

That might be true, but I’m someone who doesn’t care about indie games. So what does that do for me? Not a lot. I can’t help seeing their plan as subscribing to play games I already bought. Oh, and I’m locked in to the subscription if I want to keep playing them, or keep my backup saves. The whole deal just drives me towards Raspberry Pi, were I so inclined.

If you already bought them you don't need the subscription to keep playing them. It's not like when you bought a Switch Nintendo disabled your Wii U, or Wii, or NES Mini, or...

That doesn’t make this service any more appealing. Yes, I could have kept playing VC games on Wii. But I transferred them to my Wii U. Wow, who’d have thought Nintendo actually gave us that option at one time. But they thought better of it and realized it was shrewder to lock us into a subscription. So no more carrying your content over. But now you can have online multiplayer to justify it..... great, I’m never going to do that. Better hope that Wii U with all my content holds out, right?

When your Wii U dies in a decade you can start in on your backlog.

That's a really silly argument. If rereleasing obscure old games not unlike how Hamster does with all the Neogeo Street Fighter Clones and the cool obscure arcade games they put out every now and then (including VS SMB or DK) somehow kills the momentum of a random indie game, then that's a sign that indie game isn't as good at being relevant as it should be. VS SMB smashed sales records, yet indies sell fine.

Truth is we have no idea what indie sales would be like if VC existed. But that doesn’t stop it from being used as justification for this.

Truth is we definitely have an idea, because it's really easy to figure out. A VC wouldn't greatly increase the number of games people buy, because it wouldn't alter their budgets, which is a major factor. The number of VC games sold would be large; the Wii U eShop charts are proof of this. Therefore the games which do chart would have been hurt. It's quite simple.

During the Wii U years the eShop sales charts were dominated by VC titles. If the Switch had a VC the same would be true, and they would have cut into indie sales. People don't buy every game that interests them; they make trade offs.

Literally the only reason Wii U VC sold better than Indies is because most of the indies on Switch were terrible or inferior ports to other versions. This got even more obvious from 2014 onwards. If the Wii U didn't get flooded with shovelware maybe the good indies like Guacamelee wouldn't have drowned.

So which is it? Indies which can't handle competition aren't very good, or shovelware hurts deserving games? It can't be both. Choose which of the arguments you've made you're going to stick with.

Who honestly cares about NES games on the Switch. Anyone? Seriously? Without at least (AT LEAST) SNES games this VC *replacement* is depressingly bad.

Back when the Switch was announced, my mind was racing with how awesome VC could be on it thanks to its impressive horsepower (for a portable system) and its form factor (no more buying twice for console and handheld, and all of them are available on-the-go). And all they really needed to do was just repeat what they were doing on the Wii and throw in some GC games (just some highlights at least, like Paper Mario TTYD, Sunshine, etc given the added complexity), but that's asking for way too much apparently. And I'm apparently a debbie-downer for expecting anything remotely close to what other companies like Sony and Microsoft have been doing.

You’re far from alone in feeling this way, but personally I’m going to bow out of the discussion now that I’ve re-iterated my feelings. Any more and I’m just being oppressively negative. Believe it or not I’m trying to be better about not doing that (it’s just so much more entertaining to discuss stuff that’s annoying!)

Believe me, when GCN VC rumors was my main focus point on buying a Switch only to be surrounded by a ton of Street Fighter II ripoffs every month for a retro fix, I had never been as disappointed with a new handheld like that since the DSi. It's only been in the past month where the huge amount of AAA indies and Arcade Archives titles (Going past the rip-off phase for NeoGeo, and into other Arcade games that are good hidden gems along with Nintendo's own) have made me play my Switch on a daily basis like I did with the Wii U, with tons on my backlog.

Hell, I don't think the NES thing will do much either since the main hope for me was to import obscure Japanese exclusive titles that never launched in the West, but I fear they'll just release everything worldwide and make importing pointless...

nickd80
Fri Aug 10 18 03:34am
Rating: 1

So many whiners here. It's $1.50 per month.

When it is only 1.50, why charge it at all?

1.50 x 20 millions = 30 million a month

20 x 20 millions = 400 millions a year

That why

You serious?????

Netflix is like $1 a month. Want them to be free too?

The cost is low but when you take that times the millions that will subscribe it adds up.

Netflix was never free. Nintendo Online play was. From free to 1.50 is weird to me, sorry

But it's not like the deceived anyone. They said this was coming from the very beginning.

Still surprise that people want to buy old games that they have played for the most part instead of new games.

But it must be based on the same mind set as Why people like to listen to their favorite music or watch their favorite movies over and over again

But I can do both with services like Spotify or Netflix for prices of one movie/album a month which make me listen/watch new things too, for they don’t cost me any extra

The best way to do this is of course to let people choose to pay extra if they want to keep something forever, which is what Xbox Game Pass let people do, they can play the ”Free” game and if they like it they can buy it for a discount and keep it forever

Let’s hope Nintendo do the same here, but it doesn’t sound like that yet. But honestly, if I really want to own a game/movie/music, I want it physical and not digital only, so I would say that the few VC game I have on my Wii U/3DS, I don’t really own those, I just rent them

I hate how these Nintendo online discussions always devolve into VC discussion instead of idk ACTUAL basic online features like a messaging system, lack of friend codes, party chat. on system voice chat, achievements, themes, internet browser, multimedia apps besides just Hulu. Hell how about video/screen sharing updated to include Instagram, twitch, and youtube?

I personally dont care about VC anymore theres plenty of new Nintendo, indie, and 3rd party games to play. This isnt the Wii U anymore where if you didnt buy VC games you werent having jack shit to play. Im tired of rebuying the same games over and over. Yes I know no one is FORCING me to buy them again but lets be honest I like many others lack self control. If I see the DKC trilogy on the eshop Im going to eventually buy them again for the 800th time. The only VC I even care to see on Switch at this point is GCN games simply due to the fact Nintemdo has rarely rereleased most of them a thousand times over...

I don't get why Nintendo aren't releasing Gamecube games on this service, it would be relatively easy. It was rumoured that they could have done so on Wii U but chose not to. As the Wii U was dead at that point, they also deprived us of games like Pikmin 4 and instead trickled out crud like Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Star Fox: Zero towards the end. Another VC game that was reputedly ready was Earthbound 3. Same story. Then they deliberately killed Miiverse.

Nintendo aren't stupid, though sometimes I wonder. I can very well see a return of a Miiverse like service next month, no excuse now that they'll be charging people. Maybe that long rumoured Gamecube Virtual Console service that was ready for Wii U will finally get announced, they need surprises. 30 year old NES games doesn't cut it. And perhaps Earthbound 3 will be given as a gift to everyone who signs up in the first couple of weeks. You know what was great in Pikmin 3? The bingo in multiplayer but unfortunately you couldn't play online, maybe now we will in Pikmin 4. Though this game isn't really related to the online service. There's got to be some reason why when it was practically finished on Wii U, but we still haven't seen it.

I've heard a lot of rumours over the last number of years about things like Gamecube VC, Earthbound 3, etc. This would be the time to announce them. A lot of the Smash Bros. rumours turned out to be true so, we'll see.

The return of a Miiverse like service is my call, I think we'll hear about it next month. Nintendo would be stupid not to do it. And we all know what game worked best with Miiverse. Super Mario Maker. They may announce a Switch version at the same time, when to release it is up for debate. The release schedule has been brutal this year and is so until Smash Bros. and Pokemon around Christmas. They might choose to release Super Mario Switch Maker next year instead, though it too could be a surprise end of September/ beginning of October game. There must be a reason/reasons why the details of the online service are being put off.

GameCube games on Switch will need to be ported or emulated.

Whereas the Wii U can natively play GameCube games (and you can too with homebrew) which makes it all the more strange that they didn’t release Gamecube games for Wii U like they did with Wii games.

It probably wouldn’t have saved the Wii U but would have definitely given it a little more life.

They’ve done NES, SNES and even N64 to death rereleasing (sometimes rererereleasing) it’s games, but the Gamecube has been left in the past unfortunately. Is Windwaker the only game to get a rerelease/port?

The cost doesn't matter as much as the value I feel I am getting. $20 (or $100 over the next five years) added to the cost of my Switch is a big deal if it feels like it is not worth it. One of the reasons I have a lot of money is because I don't throw it away or waste it. What they have put together here is not an appealing proposition. It doesn't interest me or excite me. I'll keep playing online games in ways that are free (primarily Splatoon on Wii U) and skip this.

*insert Online Tax complaint here*

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