Nintendo has finally launched its long promised online service, which now means web-based gaming is no longer free on the much-loved console – well, unless you’re playing Fortnite.
As well as offering access to online play, the very aptly named Nintendo Switch Online service also delivers highly anticipated cloud saves, offering up the chance to backup and restore your saved games, as well as special discounts to members alongside, what’s quite literally our favourite feature, a back catalogue of classic NES titles.
Of course, all of this comes at a price. It’s $20 (AED75) per year, $4 (AED15) per month, $8 (AED30)three months, which is debatably worth it when compared to the pricey online services Microsoft and Sony are offering.
Here’s hoping the 20-strong library of games at launch continues to expand. Right now, there’s <deep breath> Soccer, Tennis, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Dr. Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Double Dragon, River City Ransom, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Tecmo Bowl, Gradius, Pro Wrestling, Excitebike, Yoshi, Ice Hockey, and Baseball. All of which will have new online functionality that offers players the chance to play co-op across the wide web.
Or, players can watch your friends play remotely, if you’re into that sort of thing. This does come with one unique feature, however. Friends can ‘share’ the controllers online by handing off control of a game to someone watching remotely. Can’t beat that boss in Zelda? Have a friend do it.
The only downside, obviously, is that, at the time of writing, there’s still no launch date for the UAE. Boo. Hiss. Etc. But knowing Nintendo, it will likely serve up the functionality to the region in the very near future. If they don’t?