The Nintendo Switch Online service has mercifully been delayed by over a year, meaning that we can now play games like ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online for free, but come September that will change.
It's A Meme, Mario! Switch Online will also include a new smartphone app that will add even more features, including voice chat with friends during online play and an "Online Lounge" where you can send and receive messages and friend requests. "3", "Donkey Kong", "Ice Climber", "The Legend of Zelda", "Mario Bros., Soccer" and "Super Mario Bros., Tennis". Nintendo also stated that an "additional 10 launch games" will be announced in the future.
To sweeten the deal, Nintendo is also giving Nintendo Switch Online subscribers access to a library of classic NES games.
Kotaku asked Nintendo recently about the possibility of the Nintendo Switch console getting the Virtual Console feature. This service comes with cloud backups for your Switch and (at the time of writing) 20 NES games with newly added online multiplayer.
Lastly, there's going to be a mobile app made available for iOS and Android users. Nintendo says more details will be released before the September launch. For example, online play in games like ARMS and Splatoon 2 are only available via the service. Classic games are getting online functionality, for one.
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Upon its debut, many of Nintendo's multiplayer games will require the service in order to participate online.
What's especially cool here is that players will be able to compete, cooperate, or take turns in these NES games online. In the event that multiple people in the same household have Switches, a family membership is available for $34.99 annually.
While it is possible to play these games offline as if they were standard ports, Nintendo has also added online co-op and competitive multiplayer to numerous games for the first time.
Nintendo says that even more features for Nintendo Switch Online service will be shared soon, meaning there's even more in store than what was announced today. Alternately, there's a family plan for $35 that covers eight different accounts. The Nintendo Switch Online App (which is now available for use with Splatoon 2) lets you voice chat with friends, as well as access special in-game content.