Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Online will launch in September as a paid service that will grant subscribers access to a selection of classic NES games, online play for current and future Switch titles, cloud saving, and more.
According to Nintendo of America’s official site, the upcoming service will finally allow players to back up game saves to a cloud-based system. It’s unclear how the process will work once it launches, but the company teased that more details will be revealed before September.
Another perk of subscribing to the service will be access to a library of NES titles, formerly known as Classic Game Selection. There will be 20 titles available at launch, of which 10 have already been announced.
Online play for current Switch titles, such as Arms and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, will be locked behind the service once it launches. However, players will be able to play the games online and use the mobile app for free until the service launches.
As for pricing, Nintendo will offer individual and family memberships. The individual subscription will come in three options: $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a full year. The family option will allow up to eight users use the service for a full year for $39.99.
Users will also receive special offers through the service, but nothing is known about those at this time. Nintendo also stated that the Switch’s eShop, parental controls, software updates, social media features, and friend registration options will continue to be free and not be a part of Nintendo Switch Online.