The delayed Nintendo Direct didn’t hold back in showing off the primary features for the Nintendo Switch Online service.

The service will include a number of obvious features and bonuses for Nintendo online. Most of it showed off several of the games with online support, including obvious choices such as Minecraft, Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also revealed that NES games for the console will also have local and online multiplayer, allowing two players to both grab a joy-con controller for classic NES games together, or compete online with friends for high scores.

There are plans to expand their offerings of titles from their NES library, and featured a number of games in the presentation, such as Dr. Mario, NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon’s Key, and Metroid. In addition to this, Nintendo is offering players a little nostalgic boost by creating a joy-con controller set shaped after the original NES controller. The set comes complete with a left and right handed joy-con shape, and is usable for NES games for fans pining for an old school feel in their hands.

Another revealed feature was cloud storage, with your save data being automatically backed up into the cloud service, as well as continued connectivity with the Nintendo Smartphone App. The app allows players to voice chat with friends while playing certain games, with the example shown as Mario Tennis Aces. It also connects with games such to show off in-game stats and other data, and can enhance the experience of the title like Splatnet 2 for Splatoon 2.

Nintendo had one more feature it shared, rewards and special offers for members on the service, but did not go into further details as to what this refers to.

Nintendo is offering several plans for the service. One and three month fees are priced in at $3.99 and $7.99, respectively. The standard 12 month fee is at the low price of $19.99, easily being the best deal for most players. If your Switch has more than one account, they offer a bundle deal for two or more accounts at $34.99. Also, the aforementioned NES joy-con controllers retail at $59.99, and will be an exclusive offer for those who buy into a Nintendo Switch Online account.

The whole service is ready for launch, and goes up next week on September 18th.

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Robert Grosso

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