Nintendo Switch Online Connects Console Owners

Paid Service Includes Online Play, NES Game Collection, Save Data Cloud Backup, Smartphone App, Special Offers

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 19, 2018 – Nintendo Switch Online has arrived. The paid online service for Nintendo’s go-anywhere home video game system comes with an array of features that provide a great value to Nintendo Switch owners. Individual memberships are available for $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 for 12 months. Up to eight Nintendo Account holders can use a family membership, which costs $34.99 for a year.

“In addition to online play, Nintendo Switch Online includes Save Data Cloud backup for compatible games, a growing library of classic NES games with newly added online play, a smartphone app for voice chat and other features for supported games, and exclusive special offers, like a pair of wireless NES Controllers that can be used to play NES games on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It’s a tremendous value.”

Nintendo Switch Online memberships include online playNintendo Switch Online memberships include online playOnline Play: Nintendo Switch Online allows players to engage in competitive or cooperative gameplay with people around the world in many current and upcoming games like Splatoon 2ARMSMario Kart 8 DeluxeMario Tennis Aces , Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As a reminder, players won’t automatically become Nintendo Switch Online members when the service starts, so they will need to purchase an Individual or Family Membership to avoid disruption of their online play in compatible games. A seven-day free trial is also available from Nintendo eShop.

Play NES games anytime, anywhere, with a growing selection of classic games—with newly added online playNES – Nintendo Switch Online: For the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy 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 virtually “pass the controller” at any time.

Play NES games anytime, anywhere, with a growing selection of classic games—with newly added online play

The 20 NES games launching with the service today are Balloon FightBaseballDonkey KongDouble DragonDr. MarioExcitebikeGhosts ’n GoblinsGradiusIce ClimberIce HockeyThe Legend of ZeldaMario Bros.Pro WrestlingRiver City RansomSoccerSuper Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros. 3Tecmo BowlTennis and Yoshi.   Today marks the first time that Pro Wrestling has been available anywhere since it launched for the original NES.

Nintendo will add additional classic NES games at no extra charge. Games planned for October include NES Open Tournament GolfSolomon’s Key and Super Dodge Ball. In November, members will receive MetroidMighty Bomb Jack and TwinBee. And in December, members get Adventures of LoloNinja Gaiden and Wario’s Woods. The NES – Nintendo Switch Online library will continue to grow in 2019.

Get peace of mind with Save Data Cloud backup

Back up your game save data to the cloudSave Data Cloud Backup: The Save Data Cloud backup that comes with Nintendo Switch Online memberships automatically creates a backup copy of save data for compatible Nintendo Switch games. This makes it easy for players to retrieve save data if they lose their system or start using a new one.

Automatic Backups
Game data will automatically save to the cloud when you have an internet connection. No complicated settings or updates required.

Move save data between systems
Save data is linked to your Nintendo Account, so you can access it by signing in. If you move to a new system, you can pick up right where you left off in your game by downloading your data.

Nintendo Switch Online expands support for voice chat via the smartphone appNintendo Switch Online expands support for voice chat via the smartphone appSmartphone App: Nintendo Switch Online expands support for voice chat via the smartphone app with a variety of fan-favorite multiplayer online games, including Splatoon 2Mario Kart 8 DeluxeARMS and Mario Tennis Aces. Additionally, the entire NES – Nintendo Switch Online game library also will support voice chat using the smartphone app.

The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app* is designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games.

Open the app while playing compatible games to voice chat with your friends as you play.

Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers

Special Offers Exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online membersSpecial Offers: A Nintendo Switch Online membership also gives people access to special offers, such as the exclusive chance to purchase a pair of wireless Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers, which look like the original NES controller. The accessory makes playing NES – Nintendo Switch Online games feel even more authentic.

Plus, it docks with and charges on the Nintendo Switch system. NES controllers can be pre-purchased as a set of two for $59.99 (plus shipping and tax) at by users with an active, paid Nintendo Switch Online membership. Free trial users are not eligible. NES controllers are limited to one set per Nintendo Account holder, and initial orders of the controllers will ship in December.Exclusive Splatoon 2 in-game gear download code

Also, everyone who buys an Individual 12-Month Membership or a Family Membership to Nintendo Switch Online will receive a download code for exclusive in-game Splatoon 2 gear, based on the jerseys worn by the team that won the Splatoon 2 World Championship during E3 2018.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit

Persistent Internet and compatible smartphone required to use app. Data charges may apply. Nintendo Account age 13+ required. Online play, Save Data Cloud backup and Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply.

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