Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Nintendo is finally giving players control over their game saves

Nintendo is finally giving players control over their game saves

The recent talks about Nintendo Switch Online have somehow reignited the rumors and the desire of the community for a Virtual console service or platform for the Nintendo Switch console. One month will cost $3.99, three months will be $7.99 and a year will cost you $20. We'll get more details, like the next ten classic games, closer to the system's September launch. Nintendo will add additional titles to the library "on a regular basis" and all of the games will be available to play offline for subscribers. All in all, nothing too major from today's announcement, other than confirmation that social functionality including chat will be handled by a separate Nintendo Switch Online App for both iOS and Android devices.

But the biggest additions of the Nintendo Switch Online come in the form of the Nintendo Entertainment System compilation and cloud saves. If you have more than one person that uses the Switch to play online, you're going to want a family account. Allowing so much flexibility with classic NES games makes the Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online feature worth the small price of admission.

Without membership you won't be able to play online anymore (everyone up till now has technically been a free trial) but even the side benefits are steeped in controversy. The Nintendo Switch Online App (which is now available for use with Splatoon 2) lets you voice chat with friends, as well as access special in-game content.

Finally, the long-awaited feature - backup all your saved games into the cloud. You can play the retro games right on Nintendo's newest console.

Nintendo has been hinting at a proper online service ever since the Switch launched in March previous year. And for the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy these games online. There's also a £31.49 yearly family membership that includes access for up to eight Nintendo Accounts. Until the service launches, you can play those games online for free. As for the classics that don't include a multiplayer component, they will allow players to take turns controlling the action.

However, while the Virtual Console moniker won't be returning, that doesn't necessarily mean that other classics can't appear on Switch in other forms. Before the Switch was released, rumours and murmurs suggested that we'd see Gamecube games on the Switch.

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