Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

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The service, which was announced shortly after the Switch itself, will go live on September 18.

The company then finally confirmed a specific launch date on Wednesday, stating in a tweet that more information about the online service will be revealed during a rescheduled Nintendo Direct stream on September 13th. These will include Super Mario Bros, Ice Climbers, and the original Legend of Zelda. 3 as among the 20 NES games that will be available at launch, with "new games added regularly".

Nintendo Switch Online will also give subscribers the ability to back up their save data in the cloud.

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That said, it's not all rosy: One of the biggest disappointments about the proposed online play of the Switch was that the only way to get voice chat going was apparently via the dubious Switch Online app. There's also a family membership option which costs $34.99 per year and allows up to 8 accounts to be connected. Notice how the words "Nintendo Switch Online" are nowhere to be found. Both have offered online services for years, but at a much costlier price.

This week's Nintendo Direct will be a 35-minute showcase of upcoming 3DS and Switch games.

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