Nintendo Switch Online: everything you need to know

Nintendo took more than a year to release its official service on-line, but finally we saw it operating in 2018. The Nintendo Switch Online is comparable to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live in that its main function is to allow the online multiplayer mode. However, the service subscription also gives you access to a library of selected games from the NES and SNES. That said, Nintendo does not seek to fully replicate their competitors. We tell you below everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online.

Models of subscription individual / family

Suscripción Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Online comes in two types of subscription: individual and family. The individual subscription covers one user, and the family membership up to eight. The individual for a year costs $ 20 dollars, while the subscriptions of one month and three months are also available for $ 4 dollars and $ 8 dollars, respectively.

The family memberships, for their part, they cost about $ 35 dollars a year. To take advantage of the benefits of this subscription, your account must be linked to the family. You can create a family group from the web account. Subscribers have access to all the functions of Nintendo Switch Online for less than $ 5 each account.

Both types of subscription are available in the eShop of Nintendo Switch. You can access to Nintendo Switch Online through the navigation menu orange when you open the store for the first time.

Please note that subscriptions are automatically renewed unless you unsubscribe.

Is required Nintendo Switch Online to the multiplayer mode

Pantallazo Platoon

Before the release of the Switch Online, Nintendo offered multiplayer for free to games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8. Now, you must have a subscription to use the online features of the games own Nintendo and most third-party games. The only exception is Fortnite, which you can play online without a subscription.

However, Nintendo’s Online is only necessary for the multiplayer mode via the Internet. Those without a subscription can use the Game function local wireless the Switch between two consoles Switch, with up to three simultaneous players.

You must use the phone app to chat

If you wish to talk with your friends while you play online, you need mobile application Nintendo Switch Online, which is available both for iOS as for Android. Yes, it is annoying having to use two devices to participate in a traditional experience online multiplayer, but does not set the rules. Fortnite, again, is the exception to this rule, as it allows voice chat in the console.

You can save in the cloud

Nube Switch

One of the major drawbacks in the Switch since its launch was that there was no method to make a backup of the games and if your console died, goodbye to all your progress. With a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, you can make a backup of your progress in the cloud.

Cloud save work with most of the games Switch, but there are some exceptions: for example, Pokémon Let’s Go, Splatoon 2, Dark Souls Remastered and Dead Cells do not support it. Nintendo has said that this is to keep the competitive balance in games like Let’s Go and Splatoon 2.

Backups in the cloud may disappear when it expires your subscription

It has a lot of sense that your cloud-based backups don’t last forever if you cancel your subscription: once this expires, you will not be able to access your progress and after six months, will be deleted completely .

Subscribers get access to classic games from NES and SNES

Juegos NES y SNES

One of the main advantages of the program Switch Online are the classic games free, and in the second year, the firm added games SNES to the program.

Although by default you can only play these games with an Internet connection, you can download them to play offline for up to seven days. If the subscription expires, you will lose access to these games, as happens in PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold.

This is the current list of 26 games SNES including Nintendo Switch Online:

Brawl Brothers Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Stunt Race FX
Demon’s Crest Super Puyo Puyo 2 Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics Super Tennis Super Mario World
Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Breath of Fire Super Metroid
Star Fox F-ZERO Super Soccer
Super Earth Defense Force Kirby”s Dream Course The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super Mario Kart Pilotwings lets Breath of Fire II
Kirby Super Star Super Punch-Out!! Star Fox 2
Pop’n TwinBee Smash Tennis

This is the list of NES games. Nintendo added several NES games during the first year of service. Now that you have come to the SNES games, however, the monthly updates have disappeared. Nintendo confirmed to Business Insider that will be incorporated more NES games to the program.

Metroid NES Open Tournament Golf River City Ransom Solomon’s Key Clu Clu Land
Tennis Mighty Bomb Jack Pro Wrestling Ninja Gaiden Wrecking Crew
Balloon Fight Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Baseball Wario’s Woods Donkey Kong 3
Dr. Mario Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Soccer Blaster Master Volleyball
Tecmo Bowl Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros. Kirby”s Adventure City Connection
Yoshi The Legend of Zelda Double Dragon StarTropics Donkey Kong
Gradius Adventures of Lolo Super Dodge Ball Kid Icarus Vice: Project Doom
Ice Hockey Super Mario Bros. 2 Ghosts’n Goblins Star Soldier Crystalis
TwinBee Super Mario Bros. 3 Excitebike Donkey Kong Jr. Journey to Silius
Mario Bros. Double Dragon II: The Revenge Ice Climber Vs. Excitebike Kung-Fu Heroes
Atlantis no Nazo Eliminator Boat Duel Shadow of the Ninja    

Tetris 99 exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online

Tetris 99

The subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online also get exclusive access to Tetris 99, a version Battle Royale of the classic puzzle game. If you are a fan of Tetris, play this version possibly worth the price of subscription alone.

Wireless controllers exclusive to the NES and SNES

Mandos NES

If you want to play the NES games with a controller, NES traditional instead of the driver Joy-With or Pro, don’t worry, you can buy a pair of wireless controllers NES web Nintendo for $ 60 dollars, however, you must be a subscriber of Switch Online to do so.

You can also choose a single controller SNES wireless for $ 30 dollars. The pad of the SNES is also exclusive to the subscribers of Switch Online.

Exclusive offers for members


SNES and NES Joy-Cons are part of the exclusive offers for members of Switch Online. However, at this time, the only offer currently available is for material exclusive Splatoon 2 .

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