Nintendo Offers 'Family Membership' for Switch Online Service

Nintendo Switch Online memberships will cost $4 for a single month, $8 for three months, and $20 for a full year. Alternatively, there is the Family membership, which will allow a Nintendo Account holder to invite up to seven others to join a family group; all members of the group will have access to Nintendo Switch Online, for $34.99 Dollars for 12-months.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Nintendo Switch Online is that the service unlocks access to a library of NES game with added newly-online multiplayer. As for Nintendo Switch Online, subscribers will have access to NES Nintendo Switch Online, which will be a compilation of classic NES games. While I'll never sniff at Super Mario Bros 3, the system does seem lacking.

New details on Nintendo's site states that the Nintendo Switch Online service will come with "Save Data Cloud Backup". The Nintendo Switch Online app will give you allow you to have voice chat with friends and will also give bonus features to select games such as showing your online stats on Splatoon 2. "With the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, you can also voice chat during your play sessions".

Details have finally emerged regarding Nintendo Switch Online's upcoming paid online subscription.

It has been quite some time since Nintendo last discussed its planned online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch.

Keep in my mind that this Nintendo Switch Online is a paid service quite similar to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live. When you get onto another Nintendo Switch or buy a new console, you'll be able to download all of your saved data and pick up where you left off. The collection will initially include 20 games, with more added on a regular basis.

The plan pricing for Nintendo Switch online only covers one user account on a Switch. Servers don't maintain themselves, and Microsoft and Sony already charge subscription fees to play their consoles online. A Family Plan costs $35 a year. Whether this means that more free-to-play games and MMOs will be arriving on the Switch is hard to say, but Nintendo is clearly planning for exceptions.

Not everything will have multiplayer, but some will. Nintendo also notes that some will enable you to take turns with your friends - just like when you played Super Mario Bros.

  • Arturo Norris