What’s in the Nintendo Switch Online Service?
After what has been months of waiting, Nintendo has finally released their online offering for the Nintendo Switch. Dubbed Nintendo Switch Online, the new online service features a number of interesting features. So what’s in the Nintendo Switch Online service? Let’s take a look and see.
What are the Nintendo Switch Online Plan Prices?
Before we get started, let’s take a look at the actual service itself. Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription based service with multiple pricing tiers and options. Here are the available tiers and options for purchase:
- 1 Month: $3.99
- 3 Months: $7.99
- 12 Months $19.99
- 12 Months (Family): $34.99
You can purchase the Nintendo Switch Online Service through various retail vendors, but the easiest way of buying it is probably on the Switch Console itself. Make your way to the Nintendo eShop and look for the Nintendo Switch Online tab. From this tab you can purchase whichever service option you feel like buying.
What NES Games Come With Nintendo Switch Online?
Once you’ve bought a plan, you will be prompted to download some software called the Nintendo Entertainment System. This is one of the perks of the Nintendo Switch Online service. Downloading this software will give you access to a library of 20 NES games that can be played on your Nintendo Switch. The current 20 game offerings are:
- Balloon Fight.
- Donkey Kong.
- Double Dragon.
- Dr. Mario.
- Ghosts ‘N Goblins.
- Ice Climber.
- Ice Hockey.
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling.
- River City Ransom.
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Tecmo Bowl.
- The Legend of Zelda.
While there are only 20 NES games to start with, Nintendo has promised to add to the collection starting next month. What titles do you want them to add?
Access to the Nintendo Switch Online App’s Features
In one of the stranger decisions, Nintendo put out a phone app alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch Online service. The app’s main feature is voice chat to be used when you are online playing the Switch. To access the Nintendo Switch Online App, go to your respective app store and look for the app called “Nintendo Switch Online”. Once the app is installed, link your Nintendo Account (the same one as your online account) to the app to gain access to the app’s features.
Other Nintendo Switch Online Features
Besides the above mentioned features, there are a few other less notable features I will be highlighting below:
- Ability to play games online. Although certain titles like Fortnite can be played without the service.
- Cloud Saves.
- Discounts on eShop and other items.