The Switch Online Service, which officially launched in September, is required for players to play online on the Switch after the service launch date. That means games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, and Splatoon 2 will require this new service to play online with your friends much like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The subscription costs, according to Nintendo of America’s website, are as follows:
- 1 month for $3.99
- 3 months for $7.99
- 12 months for $19.99
Additionally to these, there will be a family plan for multiple profiles on a Switch for $34.99/year. This lets up to eight accounts in a family group split the cost. Otherwise, every profile needs to pay their own individual subscription fee, even on the same Switch.
#NintendoSwitch Online launches this September with Save Data Cloud backup and 20 classic NES games, with more to come, that have newly added online play!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 8, 2018
As part of the service, a NES Classic Games service is launching with added online play, even for the single player games. With online play added to every classic game, depending on the game, you can compete or co-operate online with friends, share your screen, or pass the controller. This means players playing Legend of Zelda, for example, can pass the controller between two Switches online for both players to enjoy. Here are some of the first twenty games that are launching with the service:
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros
- Super Mario Bros
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros 3
The Switch Online Service includes cloud backups for your saves, thus making this the only way to backup saves of Switch games. Nintendo has confirmed that they will detail how cloud saves work further before the September launch. Nintendo has also confirmed with the service, subscribers will get exclusive eShop deals.
Keep your eyes on the Mammoth Gamers for further developments.