Nintendo has posted more details about the Switch Online service that's scheduled to launch this September. For individual memberships, one, three and 12-month subscriptions will cost $3.99, $7.99 and $19.99, respectively.
There's no sign of anything about voice chat, although the existing Nintendo Switch Online, which is now used only for Splatoon 2, is advertised as one of the features. For instance, Nintendo Switch Online will grant users access to 20 classic Nintendo Entertainment System games. An additional 10 launch games will be announced in the future.
The plan with the classic games is to start off with 20 games, with more to be added "on a regular basis". Details about this feature will be available before the paid service launches in September. This is needed in order to play games online in co-op or competitive games, such as Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and more. The smartphone app, meanwhile, can be used for voice chat and other features.
In trying to keep things simple, the service will be officially titled Nintendo Switch Online.
These prices make Nintendo Switch Online a far cheaper option than Sony or Microsoft's online memberships, which begin at $9.99 per month, or $59.99 for the year. Online was always the company's week point. This also means you can log into any Switch device with your online account to it get up and running.
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Strangely you'll need to be a subscriber to be able to back-up game saves.
Until now online play has been in an extended free trial mode since the Switch first launched. Nintendo will continue to announce more games for the NES collection sometime later this year. Alternately, there's a family plan for $35 that covers eight different accounts.
From September 2018, you will have to pay if you want to play your Nintendo Switch games online with friends or against randoms. Select games will be playable offline, online competitive, online co-op multiplayer, or taking turns handing off the controller.