Nintendo’s latest Direct not only unveiled a few exciting games headed to the hybrid console soon, but it also shed more light on the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the service—cloud-based saves—will allow users to keep saves of many Switch titles safe in the cloud in case the console is lost, stolen, or broken. However, it was revealed on the Nintendo FAQ U.K. page that “save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership.” It appears players that cancel or don’t renew their membership will lose any saves stored in the cloud, including those for titles in the NES classics library.
Also, not all Switch games will support the cloud-based system. This exemption includes some of the console’s current and upcoming heavy hitters, such as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Splatoon 2, and FIFA 19.
As for the NES classics library, the other significant feature of the online service, Nintendo finally revealed the other 10 games that will be included at launch on September 18th. The other handful of classics joining the previously announced games—Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Soccer, and Tennis—can be seen below.
- Ghosts ‘n Goblins
- Tecmo Bowl
- Double Dragon
- Ice Hockey
- River City Ransom
- Pro Wrestling
It was also revealed on the official Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online page that new games will be added to the roster each month. October will bring Solomon’s Key, NES Open Tournament Golf, and Super Dodge Ball. November will include Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee. And lastly, December will introduce Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lolo.
One odd restriction on the classics library involves offline play. According to the U.S. FAQ page, all titles will be available offline but only for several days at a time. If players want continual access to offline play, they will have to connect to the internet at least once a week.
Apart from the online service breakdown, Nintendo also announced a handful of games heading to Switch in the coming months. The wild and addictive Katamari Damacy Reroll HD remaster will arrive later this year, while several Final Fantasy games will hit a Nintendo console for the first time in early 2019, such as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.
The Nintendo Switch Online service launches on September 18th.
Source: Nintendo FAQs page