Nintendo Reveals Details About Nintendo Switch Online Service

Given the other major announcements made in last weeks’ Nintendo Direct, it can be pretty easy to forget that the Nintendo Switch Online Service was also discussed in the presentation. After all, this was also the event which revealed Luigi’s Mansion 3 to the world, showed that Final Fantasy 7 was heading to Nintendo Switch and mentioned Animal Crossing was coming to the console in 2019, right after a newcomer trailer for one of its main characters. For almost every Nintendo fan in existence, there are was just something more interesting included to shift their focus to.

But Nintendo did indeed release more information regarding the service none the less, in the form of this short presentation about its features:

Which is… about on the level you’d expect from a Nintendo presentation talking about online multiplayer functionality. You’ve got the usual Nintendo cluelessness about online play over there, a few non features hyped to hell here and some bad decisions hurting legitimately interesting ones all mixed into one announcement.

Still, while we’ll go over the service’s drawbacks and issues in a future article, for now, here’s a short summary of the points raised in the trailer:

1. Online Play

You can play games online with people around the world.

Yes, we know that’s what online service is meant to do, and yes, we also know it’s not really a feature by any normal usage of the world.

But hey, Nintendo made it a key point in their marketing, so it’s mentioned here none the less.

2. Nintendo Entertainment System

You also get access to a library of free NES games, which have the usual Virtual Console esque additions (like suspend saving/save states), as well as upgraded multiplayer components (like the ability to play said games online).

There are quite a few of these games, though the video prominently shows the following ones:

  • Dodge Ball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • Mario Bros
  • Metroid
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • NES Open Golf
  • Pro Wrestling
  • River City Ransom
  • Soccer
  • Solomon’s Key

There are obviously more included, but we’ll need to wait for details on those.

3. Save Data Cloud

The system also lets you back up your save files to Nintendo’s data cloud, which lets you restore them in case things go wrong. Like say, a Thwomp smashing your Nintendo System, or someone trying to use your Switch to deflect a Guardian laser in place of a pot lid.

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Switch getting NES Controllers

 

To play the classic online games, you can get these two NES controllers for your Switch. They’ll come in packs of two and will cost $60 and will apparently only be available to people with paid Nintendo online accounts.

Pikachu And Eevee Switch Bundles

Nintendo wants to make sure you fully enjoy the upcoming game, Pokémon: Let’s Go by releasing this yellowish bundle above.

There are two bundles for fans to enjoy, one each for the Pikachu and Eevee versions of the game. Each comes with a download code, a brown and yellow Joy-Con, decal decorated Switch dock, and the Poké Ball Plus peripheral that lets you pretend to capture Pokémon as if you were a real trainer. That last bit is $50 on its own, bringing the total price of the bundles to $400 USD.

 

 

Final Fantasy coming to Switch

Final Fantasy is getting a new home on the Switch as several titles will be releasing on the console hybrid in the coming years. The classics that are coming back include Final Fantasy 7, 9, 10, 10-2 and 12 will grace the Switch soon, which sadly 8 is MIA.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will be coming to the console as well, but only as a digital download. Along with it will include Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edtion HD and World of Final Fantasy Maxima plus Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy!

 

So much Final Fantasy! Will other titles come as well? Let us know below or on the Gaming Latest forums of your thoughts.

Katamari Damacy coming to Switch

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