As promised, Nintendo has revealed some concrete details about what Switch owners will get for subscribing to its upcoming paid online service in the form of 10 classic Nintendo games that will be available on demand for free.
As part of the $20 yearly fee for Switch Online, subscribers will have access to a library of classic NES games that they can play anytime they want. Here are the first 10 games that Nintendo is including in this service:
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
In addition to these titles, Nintendo stated in a press release that it will announce 10 more titles that will launch with Switch Online closer to the service’s release month of September.
Not only will Switch Online subscribers be able to play these games wherever and whenever, but each of the games will also include online functionality, whether they’re multiplayer titles or not.
For example, you can play competitive Dr. Mario or Soccer against friends, or you can “share your screen” and “pass the controller” with single-player titles like The Legend of Zelda. This robust online component to these classic games is arguably the most exciting part about this announcement. Even voice chat is compatible with these titles, though unfortunately that feature is still handled through the Switch smartphone app.
Your Switch will not have to be online for you to enjoy these titles, meaning subscribers can play these titles even without an internet connection. While this is some welcome news, offline functionality makes it sound like the Switch Online app on the actual console will automatically download these titles to your hard drive, and Nintendo has yet to reveal the file size for each of these titles or the Switch Online app as a whole.
Previously known as Classic Game Selection, Nintendo has seemingly (and inexplicably) redubbed this service “Nintendo Entertainment System — Nintendo Switch Online,” which isn’t nearly as catchy. This new name heavily implies that this service will only include NES games, and with the recent revelation that Nintendo plans on killing Virtual Console on the Switch, this has us wondering if Nintendo plans on adding Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, or GameCube titles to its eShop.