In the middle of the Nintendo Direct, development manager Shinya Takahashi introduced plans for the online service dubbed Nintendo Switch Online. The upcoming subscription will feature online play, cloud saves, and access to a rotating catalog of NES titles for an annual payment of $20/£18.
However, if you’re planning on subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online, you are going to need to log in once every seven days to continue enjoying your NES games. The Netflix-style system allows players to enjoy 20 NES games as part of their online subscription.
While this may seem fine to a daily Switch user, people who bought this as a secondary console may not use their Switch once every seven days. I can envision a lot of angry Switch users pulling out their Switch on a flight and not having access to their NES collection.
It’s important to mention here that the cloud save feature is only for certain games and will disappear if your subscription lapses, so Nintendo has allowed automatic renewal for services, but that doesn’t account for expired credit cards. Hopefully, Nintendo gives users a grace period so that cloud saves aren’t lost forever due to a simple mistake.
Nintendo also noted that the online app will be bundled in with the service, but no one wants that anyway (just use Discord!). If you’re interested in continuing online play for Mario Tennis Aces and Splatoon 2, as well as brawling it out in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Switch Online launches September 18, 2018 for $20/£18.