An added bonus to the online service will be access to 20 free NES titles with online play at launch. The only specifics we have is that the presentation will run 35 minutes and "will feature information about upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch titles". With that, you'll need to be a subscriber to partake in online sessions of games like Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. For more on what was shown during the Nintendo Direct earlier today, check out the tabletop games coming to Nintendo Switch, here. You'll find me praying to Todd Howard that Fallout 76 is going to be game of the year. The service will roll out on September 18, and will offer a one-week trial to Nintendo Switch gamers.
The Nintendo Online Service will launch with a selection of classic NES games, which is ideal if you failed to get your hands on a NES Classic Mini. Sure, it may seem like a bit of a hassle to have to pay to casually race around Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online, but the benefits of paying for the Nintendo Switch Online service far outweigh the cons.
"Members will have access to Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games", the company explains. However, the service page noted that not all countries will have Switch Online.
'But you're telling me. that they're literally switching free online to forced paid subscription, months after the release of the console?
'Nintendo: "The Switch has subscription-based online". Whether it's the placeholder UI indicating ghost health points, the off-kilter visuals or a lack of polish, it looks a lot rougher than previous demo videos for Nintendo Switch games.
The firm revealed it had now sold 19.67 million units of the Nintendo Switch as of June 30, 2018.
As a caveat, Nintendo has also revealed that not all Switch games will require a subscription, stating that other titles "will vary". 3 and Donkey Kong.