Nintendo Switch Is Getting NES Controllers

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Switch Online is the Nintendo's unimaginatively-named subscription-based online service. You can make use of a seven-day free trial by signing up on the Nintendo eShop starting September 18.

The premium service was originally slated to arrive in late 2017, but was eventually pushed back by nearly a year.

The new controller is designed specifically for the NES games available on the Switch console, enabling buyers to "play like old school gamers did back in the day", the company explains. 3, Tecmo Bowl, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, Double Dragon, Gradius, Ice Hockey, Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, River City Ransom, Pro Wrestling and Baseball. When it arrives next week, you'll need to sign up in order to play the likes of Splatoon 2, Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Tennis Aces online, but Nintendo notes that other games may not require a subscription. Obviously, it's mostly made up of Nintendo games like Pro Wrestling ("A victor is you!"), Excitebike, Mario Bros., Ice Climber, Dr. Mario and more. Not all games will support this feature, but it's a relief to see Nintendo add a feature that should have been ready at launch. The information on Switch Online, however, still refers to voice chat only in reference to the app, meaning Nintendo might stick with this asinine idea in spite of the better options.

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