Nintendo Switch Online secrets and game service revealed ahead of release date


Big news has been shared this week about the Nintendo Switch Online service, which goes live on Wednesday, September 19.

The release date was finally announced following a set of major delays affecting the launch of the service.

And while we already know that NES games will be offered as a bonus, along with added multiplayer features, other big secrets have now been shared.

As mentioned above, the new Switch Online service will give players access to a back catalogue of old Nintendo games.

It’s a great little feature that adds a real incentive for those who want like playing old school titles.

But we also now know that these privileges will comes with certain stipulations too.

Subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online will come with the requirement of logging in each week to maintain NES games.

The latest information was found on the Switch Online service FAQ, which confirms a steady login schedule is required.

“Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online can be played for up to seven days without an internet connection,” the Nintendo FAQ reads.

“If you are unable to launch Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, then please try connecting to the internet again.”

Nintendo adding NES games as part of the benefits of having an Online subscription was a great idea, but this may sour the experience for some.

Things will be much clearer when we know just what happens after seven days and how much it annoys Switch gamers.

There’s always the chance that Nintendo will extend the period to help make it easier for those who don’t want to use their Switch console online.

Another Switch Online secret revealed this week concerns cloud saves and what happens to them through the new service.

According to the FAQ, save data is wiped from the cloud after your subscription ends, which could be massive faff for those who run into subscription bugs, or are just simply a little forgetful.

“Save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership,” the FAQ adds.

“Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online also uses the Save Data Cloud, so the same applies.

“However, if you keep the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online save data saved locally on your Nintendo Switch console, then you can use it again if you purchase another membership.”

So players might want to keep an eye on this to see what happen in the long term, and also explore the possibility of backing up their data.

None of these Nintendo Switch Online rules will necessarily be a deal-breaker for many Switch owners, but it looks like there is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to the reality of running the service effectively for customers.


Similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, Nintendo Switch Online is the company’s new subscription service.

Nintendo Switch Online will be available for £3.49 a month in the UK, £6.99 for three months, or £17.99 annually.

There’s even a 12-month family membership available for £31.49. Creating a family group lets up to eight people share a membership, even on different consoles.

And while many will buy the new service for its access to online play, there are also a number of other benefits too.

The Nintendo Online Service will launch with a selection of classic NES games, which is perfect if you failed to get your hands on a NES Classic Mini.

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