Switch's Online Service to Let You Back Up Saves, Play NES Games

Nintendo reveals more details for $20 service, including NES games with online play


With the official launch set for this September, Nintendo finally came through with more details regarding the Switch's online service. In addition to online play in compatible games and more features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, the $20-per-year service will let you back up your save files and play NES games with online multiplayer. 


That's right, no more fretting over the potential for lost Breath of the Wild data! Switch Online will let players save their data online for easier access, with more details to come prior to launch. 


As for the NES games, 20 will be available at launch as part of the paid service, and more will be added later. Online play is being introduced for every game, letting players compete online with friends, share screens, or pass control of the characters back and forth. You'll also be able to voice chat during sessions, but you'll need to use the Switch smartphone app to do so. 


Here are the games Nintendo has revealed so far:




Donkey Kong

Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

The Legend of Zelda

Dr. Mario

Ice Climber

Balloon Fight


While all these games have online features, they can also be played offline. 


You can see more on plans and pricing and an FAQ Nintendo's website. 




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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