More than a year after the debut of Nintendo Switch, the company has announced additional details for online play.
Launching in September, Nintendo Switch Online is a paid service that will permit online play for compatible Nintendo Switch games, allow users to access classic NES titles with added functionality and back up save data for most games, and introduce a smartphone app to enhance the online experience.
Multiplayer/cooperative-play options will be available for such games as Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. The previously announced classic NES games are Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis. Another 10 titles, available at launch, will be announced later.
There are different pricing plans, with individual memberships available on a monthly, three-month or 12-month basis, ranging from $3.99 to $12.99, and annual family memberships going for $34.99.
Although Nintendo Switch Online paid service won't launch until September, the website states that online play for compatible games and the app will be free until then.