Nintendo Switch Online will have cloud saves and a family membership option

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While online play has been free on the Switch since its launch last year, Nintendo confirmed that this will change once the paid service arrives later this year.

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The downside to the new service is that some games that can now be played online for free, such as Splatoon 2, will require a Switch Online membership for such play once the service launches. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis. A family membership - allowing up to eight "family accounts" to use the same subscription - will cost £31.49 for a year.

Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online: Members will have access to Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games.

First off, the classic games.

So what exactly do you get with your subscription to Nintendo Switch Online? However, Nintendo says that other Switch games "will vary", and players will not need to have a subscription to continue playing Wii U and 3DS titles online.

More Nintendo Switch Online details may be revealed at E3 2018, though Nintendo's presence at the annual video game event will focus on something else. Select games will be playable offline, online competitive, online co-op multiplayer, or taking turns handing off the controller. These NES titles aren't just straight up ports though, with online features being added to them that were obviously not around when the games initially launched. You can play the retro games right on Nintendo's newest console.

The Nintendo Switch Online app is already available for iOS and Android, and offers voice chat and multiplayer hubs for supported games. The Family membership will allow up to seven additional family members (for a total of 8 accounts) to access Nintendo Switch Online services. In the event that multiple people in the same household have Switches, a family membership is available for $34.99 annually.

We finally have some concrete information on what Nintendo's Switch Online offering will entail, and it includes a key feature fans have been waiting for.

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