Following the trend of having an online presence of the big game companies, Nintendo more than a year ago launched its version called Nintendo Switch Online, which has had an excellent reception among its followers. We take this opportunity to update you on the latest features and news about this platform.
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Individual / Family Subscription Models
Nintendo Switch Online comes in two types of subscription: individual and family. The individual subscription covers one user, and the family subscription covers up to eight. The one-year individual costs $ 20, while the one-month and three-month subscriptions are also available for $ 4 and $ 8, respectively.
Family subscriptions, meanwhile, cost $ 35 a year. To take advantage of this subscription, your account must be linked to that of the family. You can create a family group from the account website. Subscribers have access to all Nintendo Switch Online features for less than $ 5 per account.
Both types of subscription are available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. You can access Nintendo Switch Online through the orange navigation menu when you first open the store. Please note that subscriptions renew automatically unless you unsubscribe.
Before the release of Switch Online, Nintendo offered free multiplayer for games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8. Now, you must have a subscription to use the online features of the Nintendo’s own games and most third-party games. The only exception is Fortnite, which can be played online without subscription.
Nintendo Online is only required for online multiplayer. Those without a subscription can use the Switch’s Local Wireless Play feature between two Switch consoles, with up to three simultaneous players.
If you want to talk to your friends while playing online, you need the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android. Yes, it is annoying having to use two devices to participate in a traditional online multiplayer experience, but we do not set the rules. FortniteAgain, it is the exception to this rule, as it allows voice chat on the console.
One of the biggest drawbacks to the Switch since its launch was that there was no method to back up games and if your console died, goodbye to all your progress. With a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, you can back up your progress to the cloud.
Cloud saves work with most Switch games, but there are some exceptions: for example, Pokémon Let’s Go, Splatoon 2, Dark Souls Remastered andDead cells they can’t stand it. Nintendo has said that this is to maintain competitive balance in games like Let’s go and Splatoon 2.
Cloud backups disappear when your subscription expires
It makes a lot of sense that your cloud backups won’t last forever if you cancel your subscription: once your subscription expires, you won’t be able to access your progress and after six months, it will be completely removed.
Subscribers have access to classic NES and SNES games
One of the main advantages of the program Switch Online is the free classic games. During the first year of the service, Nintendo gave subscribers an ever-growing list of NES games and at the beginning of the second year, added SNES games to the show.
The games also include save states, as well as multiple display settings (4: 3, Pixel Perfect, and CRT Filter). Some of these games even have multiplayer mode, both local and online.
Although by default you can only play these games with an internet connection, you can download them to play offline for up to seven days. If your subscription expires, you will lose access to these games, as is the case with PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold.
This is the current list of 29 SNES games included with Nintendo Switch Online. Please note that Nintendo plans to add more SNES games to the show in the future, but there is no set schedule for new additions to the SNES library:
|Brawl brothers||Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island||Stunt Race FX|
|Demon’s Crest||Super Puyo Puyo 2||Super Ghouls’ n Ghosts|
|Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics||Super Tennis||Super mario world|
|Kirby’s Dream Land 3||Breath of fire||Super metroid|
|Star fox||F-ZERO||Super Soccer|
|Super Earth Defense Force||Kirby’s Dream Course||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|
|Super mario kart||Pilotwings||Breath of Fire II|
|Kirby super star||Super Punch-Out !!||Star fox 2|
|Pop’n TwinBee||Smash Tennis||Pon Panel|
|Operation Logic Bomb
This is the list of NES games. Nintendo added several NES games during the first year of service. Now that the SNES games have arrived, however, the monthly updates are no more. We have received new SNES games periodically, but not monthly.
|Metroid||NES Open Tournament Golf||River city ransom||Solomon’s Key||Clu Clu Land|
|Tennis||Mighty bomb jack||Pro Wrestling||Ninja gaiden||Wrecking Crew|
|Balloon fight||Punch-Out !! Featuring Mr. Dream||Baseball||Wario’s woods||Donkey Kong 3|
|Dr. Mario||Zelda II: The Adventure of Link||Soccer||Blaster Master||Volleyball|
|Tecmo Bowl||Super Mario Bros .: The Lost Levels||Super Mario Bros.||Kirby’s Adventure||City Connection|
|Yoshi||The legend of zelda||Double dragon||StarTropics||Donkey kong|
|Gradius||Adventures of Lolo||Super Dodge Ball||Kid icarus||Vice: Project Doom|
|Ice hockey||Super Mario Bros. 2||Ghosts’n Goblins||Star soldier||Crystalis|
|Twinbee||Super Mario Bros. 3||Excitebike||Donkey Kong Jr.||Journey to Silius|
|Mario Bros.||Double Dragon II: The Revenge||Ice Climber||Vs. Excitebike||Kung-Fu Heroes|
|Atlantis no Nazo||Eliminator Boat Duel||Shadow of the ninja||Rygar|
N64 and Sega Genesis games
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will be available for an additional charge, but the company has yet to reveal pricing details. We know that the new expansion pack will launch sometime in October 2021 on an unspecified date.
However, below are the new N64 and Sega Genesis games that will join the service in October, but keep in mind that they are planned to release even later.
- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- Star Fox 64
- Yoshi’s Story
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- WinBack: Covert Operations
- Mario Tennis
- Dr. Mario 64
- Sin and Punishment
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Against: Hard Corps
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Eco the Dolphin
- Golden Ax
- Gunstar Heroes
- Phantasy Star IV
- Shining force
- Shinobi III
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Streets of Rage 2
Games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, F-Zero X, Mario Golf, Pokémon Snap, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Paper Mario and Banjo-Kazooie are thrown into service later.
Nintendo Switch Online subscribers get access to exclusive games that are released periodically. One of the most popular is Tetris 99, a battle royale game that requires you to beat 98 other opponents.
Also, Pac-Man 99 is in the same vein. Collect marbles, consume ghosts and launch attacks on other players. Another noteworthy inclusion was Super Mario Bros 35.
We say “was” because since then he was removed from the service and was only present at the celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary. This was also a battle royale, in which players aimed to survive against 34 opponents as they made their way through various levels of Super Mario Bros.
If you want to play NES games with a traditional NES controller instead of the Joy-Con or Pro controller, don’t worry, you can buy a pair of NES wireless controllers on the Nintendo website for $ 60 dollarsHowever, you must be a Switch Online subscriber to do so.
You can also choose a single wireless SNES controller per $ 30 dollars. The SNES pad is also exclusive to Switch Online subscribers.
You can get retro NES and SNES controllers if you are a Nintendo Switch Online subscription holder. These devices plug into the Switch and feel more like traditional old school controllers, rather than something like Joy-Con.
Finally, Nintendo also announced the N64 and Sega Genesis controllers for the Switch. These, like previous NES and SNES controllers, are only available to Switch Online members.
Both will work wirelessly with the Switch console and will cost $ 50 each. It is unclear when they will be released, but it will likely be at the same time that the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is released.
Exclusive promotions for Switch Online members they include many advantages beyond retro controllers. Also, the company will implement new benefits regularly, so members should check for new benefits.
If you’re a subscriber, you can get a free Tetris 99 download (and if you’re a Tetris fan, this alone makes it worth the cost), a free Nook Inc. silk rug at Animal Crossing and team Splatoon 2.