Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud saves and online NES games detailed ⊟

Tonight as I was watching Arrested Development, Nintendo just randomly dropped a bunch of information on its Nintendo Switch Online service – like, for example, the pricing ($20/year, or $4/month, or $8/3 months).

Online save data backup is part of the subscription service, for “most” games.

Now the fun one: the service includes “NES – Nintendo Switch Online,” a collection of NES games, with 20 at launch and more to come. Here’s the list so far: Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros. 3, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis.

For the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy these classic NES games online. Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and “pass the controller” at any time. Every classic NES game will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app*. It will also be possible to play these games offline.

Those features rule. I want to play Balloon Fight with people. Those features also seem… harder than previous Virtual Console generations, which may not be great news for those of us hoping for a new, systemic Virtual Console. I mean, lots of publishers are just doing their own thing already, I guess…

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