Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo Switch Online Before It Drops September 18th

Next week, Nintendo’s long-awaited online service goes live. If you play games online, want to play retro Nintendo games, or just want to sync your gama data, here’s everything you’ll need to know.

We’ve been getting a steady drip of information about Nintendo’s upcoming online service for a while, but Nintendo has finally announced and confirmed all the details. The new service will go live on Tuesday, September 18th. Here’s everything else you need to know.

What Do You Get With Nintendo Switch Online?

Glad you asked. First and foremost, Nintendo Switch Online is the service that you’ll have to pay for to play games online. Like Xbox Live or PS Plus, if you want to play online multiplayer, you’ll have to sign up for it. This includes games that currently offer online multiplayer for free, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2.

However, Nintendo isn’t just ransoming back the free multiplayer you’re used to with its new service. You’ll also get access to the coveted cloud data backup feature. This will let you back up your game saves to the cloud. If you ever need to replace your Switch, you can import all of your data to the new console easily.

You’ll also get access to a collection of classic NES games for free, including the following:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts’n Goblins
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excitebike
  • Yoshi
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball

Nintendo will also keep adding more games as time goes on. The next couple months of releases are already lined up, with Solomon’s Key, NES Open Tournament Golf, and Super Dodge Ball coming in October, Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee in November, and Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lolo in December.

For multiplayer games, you can split a Joy-Con in half to play with a friend. If you really want to get nostalgic, Nintendo is also selling NES-style Joy-Con controllers for $60. These look and feel like the classic controller, but can attach to the side of your Switch, just like a Joy-Con. The button layout doesn’t exactly work for regular…

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