Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) service rolls out in September, and with it, comes the option to “Save Data Cloud” backup. Assuming this is roughly translated from Japanese, contextually we have to assume this means cloud saves.
Currently, cloud saves are available with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Steam, and many other platforms. This is a step forward for Nintendo and will help bolster their mobile console even more.
Not only are there cloud saves, there will also be a library of 20 NES games at the launch of the online service (called NES – Nintendo Switch Online).
Here is a list of the first 10 games available:
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
Nintendo has stated that these classic games in the NES catalog will have online functionality and the ability to “compete or cooperate online with friends, share scree, or pass the controller depending on the game.” There will also be a dedicated app for NSO with integrated voice chat.
Subscriptions will be available for 1 month (US $4), 3 months (US $8), and 12 months (US $20). There will also be a family membership for US $35 which allows a Nintendo Account holder to “invite up to seven others to join a family group” which gives every group member access to the online membership benefits.
For additional information, visit the FAQ on Nintendo’s site.