If you were hoping for news about Virtual Console, this is about as close as you're going to get.

New Information for Nintendo Switch Online Service Revealed

If you were hoping for news about Virtual Console, this is about as close as you're going to get.

Nintendo has outlined its plans for the Switch’s paid online service, which launches this September. The service will include access to a library of classic Nintendo games with added online functionality, the ability to back up save data via cloud service, and access to multiplayer co-op and competitive play for its current and future games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Mario Tennis Aces.

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There will be a variety of different price points for both individuals and families. For individual access, one month will cost $3.99, three months will cost $7.99, and a year will cost $19.99. The family plan lets up to eight Nintendo Account holders access the online services for a year and is priced at $34.99. 

Although there is no mention of SNES or Nintendo 64 games yet, the online service will launch with 20 classic NES games, such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and Ice Climbers. Each of these games will let you engage in co-op or competitive online multi-player or allow you to watch someone else play in single-player mode while you take turns. 

The service will also launch with the Nintendo Switch Online App for Android and iOS devices, which will allow players to use voice chat and other features to enhance their experience. 

What do you think of Nintendo’s paid online service? Do you think the new Super Smash Bros. will launch in tandem with it? Sound off in the comments below!

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