Last month it was reported that plans of Nintendo's online service was expected to be revealed this month, and sure enough it has as Nintendo has since published details about the upcoming online service on its website.
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This means that games like Splatoon 2, Arms, Mario Tennis Aces, Sushi Striker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, will all require a subscription to play online. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario. Another 10 titles, available at launch, will be announced later. A Family Membership (12 Months for $35) will include access to the Nintendo Switch Online service for up to eight Nintendo Account holders. The Nintendo Switch Online service has mercifully been delayed by over a year, meaning that we can now play games like ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online for free, but come September that will change. Every classic NES game will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
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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. These will be able to be played online with other players, which makes them more fully featured than previous Virtual Console ports.
After Nintendo Switch Online goes live, online play will only be accessible with a subscription just like Xbox Live and PSN. One month will cost $3.99 USD, three months costing $7.99 USD, and finally twelve months will be $19.99 USD.
With this service, we'll also get access to a save data cloud backup. While it's definitely disappointing the Switch won't be getting its own Virtual Console, it doesn't seem like Nintendo has completely ruled out the ability for Switch owners to experience the classics. Each different family member can use the full Nintendo Switch Online privileges on different consoles or even the same Switch.