Nintendo Switch Online Details Announced

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In a statement to Kotaku, the firm added: "At launch the classic game library will include NES games".

And even though the service has been delayed, the app will be available to trial this year.

If you want a shorter term, a month will sell for $4 and a 3-month online subscription will go for $8. However, at some point before the end of next year, a $19.99 a year membership charge will be introduced.

Details about Nintendo's first foray into paid online multiplayer has been slim so far, especially on crucial matters such as Virtual Console, voice chat, and the price. The app can be used to chat with your other Switch-owning friends, invite them to play a game online, and set "play appointments". PlayStation and Xbox already offer a lot with their services, so it will be interesting to see how a similar service from Nintendo pans out.

Oh Nintendo, you had me at Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Doctor Mario will be available.

There is one important omission in Nintendo's explanation of the Classic Game Selection.

Initially, the company mentioned that subscribers could play a classic NES or SNES title for only one month.

Paying subscribers also get access to download the Classic Game Selection, an assortment of older titles from previous Nintendo systems with added online play functionality. Last we checked, it seemed you'd only be able to play these games during that month unless you buy them, and Nintendo hasn't said anything to refute that interpretation. That includes online gameplay, eShop deals, and Parental controls.

Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content.

In the lead up to the Switch's release, Nintendo announced that online connectivity would be subject to a paid service - not unlike PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold.

A limited version of the app is said to be arriving in summer 2017.

As for voice chat, this will happen through a "dedicated smart device app" that connects to the Switch.

Hori released the above image via its official Japanese Twitter account that shows a Splatoon squid shaped adapter that has two separate cords running to a mobile phone and the Nintendo Switch itself. What's that? Nintendo announced Nintendo Switch Online just moments ago via a blog post at 9 p.m. ET on a Thursday night? Wow!

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