Next week (September 18th) Nintendo Online will launch. For $20 a year you will be able to play games online, use cloud saves (some titles excluded) and in one of the more interesting perks, you’ll get to play retro games from the Nintendo Entertainment System enhanced with online features. Some will have multiplayer, some will have challenge modes and others will feature leader boards and related combinations of features.
These games will be released in a Netflix style format where as long as you are a Nintendo Online subscriber, you can play any and all of them when you wish. If your sub ends though, the games will become unplayable.
The launch set of NES titles are as follows:
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In addition, Nintendo is releasing a set of special NES controllers that dock right into the Switch for recharging. These controllers will ONLY be sold to customers with a pre-existing yearly subscription to Nintendo Online and will cost $59.99 for the pair.
The subscriber requirement is an odd move, as is these controllers as of now, only working with the NES Online games. We will see how the market reacts to these when you can get similar controllers from companies like 8BitDo that work across all Switch software.