Nintendo is releasing Nintendo Switch Online next month, their own subscription service for their hybrid console next month, under a 3$.99 price tag. Other than letting you play online and giving you exclusive Nintendo Store deals, Nintendo Switch Online will give you access to a variety of NES retro games, available at launch.
A few of the NES games available for free through Nintendo Switch Online have been revealed over the past weeks. The service will feature 20 NES classic games at launch, including Legend of Zelda Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3.
Play Super Mario Bros. 3 online with #NintendoSwitchOnline when the service launches this September and relive the classic #NES game that brought renowned power-ups such as Raccoon Mario to the world of Super Mario Bros.! https://t.co/ZPh216goDt pic.twitter.com/4wuBC9DKFp
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 13, 2018
The latter has been confirmed through Twitter by Nintendo of America, it won’t even be the most exciting one as there are ten more titles to be revealed before Nintendo Switch Online releases. Some games will support online play which Nintendo calls ”pass the controller mode” for single player games.
This service will allow users to take advantage of online features of any game, as well as the Nintendo Switch smartphone app which is used for voice chat. The voice chat service will also be compatible with most playable titles online.
Here’s the list of NES titles confirmed for Nintendo Switch Online:
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
We can’t help but wonder if we’ll be able to see more retro titles coming to Nintendo Switch Online from other consoles. Super NES, Nintendo 64 and GameCube had their own libraries of cool games that left their mark in the industry and it would be awesome to be able to play them again without having to plug in our old consoles again.
Undeniably, the Nintendo Switch Online service makes Nintendo’s hybrid console the ultimate retro machine. Nintendo Switch already had a big variety of retro games available for purchase in its catalog, however, getting games like Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. for only $20 per year will always be appreciated.