Nintendo Switch Online Service Launches Second Half of Septemberon August 10, 2018 by Mitch Jay
The long-awaited Nintendo Switch online service is finally launching in the second half of September worldwide, although Nintendo still haven’t been entirely clear on all that the service will be offering. There will be save data cloud backup though, which is something Switch users have been asking for since its launch last March.
Details on the cloud will be shared soon, but at launch you’ll need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch’s online service if you wish to play any game online, but you also get access to an exclusive mobile app, special offers and 20 NES games including Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Soccer, Tennis and 10 extra unannounced titles.
A year’s subscription will cost £17.99 or your regional equivalent, but you can sign up for 1 or 3 months too at cheaper prices. The cost may not be high, but I am worried that there will still be no proper party system for Switch games. I want to play with friends on Splatoon 2, not against them, and the only way to do that is through chance or Salmon Run. Joining people on games is a pain too, and you need to wait for lobbies to clear out a little if you want to do something as simple as play with friends. Nintendo are capable of it, and the demand is there, so hopefully the paid option will resolve this glaring issue.
The online service launches in the second half of September.