News: Nintendo Switch Online: Flop or Not?


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The new update for the Nintendo Switch has gone live as of two days ago, September 18. The new update includes Cloud Saves, which has been a big request to a lot of Switch owners,
Nintendo will offer 20 NES games for subscribers once the service is live. Here’s that list of classics:
  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts ’n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Pro Wrestling
  • River City Ransom
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • Yoshi
With more to come they have stated, these are the current and upcoming releases for free NES titles. These titles are free to play just for having the NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE PASS. Which comes with different monthly fees, like PlayStation Plus and XBOX LIVE memberships respectively. The subscription payment however is drastically lowered in price compared to the other two home consoles. With 1 month subscription costing $3.99 per month, 3 month subscription costing $7.99, and lastly a full 12 months for only $19.99. There’s also a family membership program, which allows a Nintendo Account member to join up with as many as seven other folks to access the Switch Online service. The option to create a family group is now available on the Nintendo Account website, and it appears that you can add anyone to your “family” — whether or not you’re related. So if you wanted more bang for your buck you and your friends could all get together and only pay roughly $5 each.

Along with the Free games and CLOUD SAVE options, Nintendo Switch Online also has an App for your phone so that you can track your statistics for games and evenvoice chat with other players in your games. There are also some SPECIAL OFFERS for those who have an active subscription as well, including a special NES THEMED controllers ( Picture Posted Below ). These controllers are only purchasable with an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. The only other current special offer is for people who have purchased a 12 month subscription which is special gear for Splatoon 2 (Picture posted below).

Exclusive Gear:
  • Online Jersey
  • Online Squidkid V Shoes

Here comes the concerns about the stated ONLINE PLAN UPDATE though. Once you have purchased the subscription you DO gain access to the aforementioned classic titles for free, BUT should your subscription end then you will be locked out until your subscription is active once more. Another issue with the games is that if your Switch is not connected to the internet within 7 days then the games are locked until you gain internet access again. So if you go on a trip or go anywhere without internet or hotspot or wifi or anything of the sort for more than 7 days then you will not be able to play your NES classic games. To avoid this issue all you have to do is login on your switch once a week to restart the 7 day countdown. Kind of a weird negative if you already have the games installed and everything, especially since your subscription is active already right?

The drawbacks don't end there however, not all games will be treated equally either it seems. Not all games will be given access to the Cloud Save option. Such as the upcoming Pokemon titles LETS GO PIKACHU and LETS GO EEVEE respectively, or even SPLATOON 2, the same can currently be said about DARK SOULS and DEAD CELLS which have not been released yet. The reason for these games not being able to use CLOUD SAVE Data Nintendo says that "The vast majority of Nintendo Switch games will support Save Data Cloud backup. However, in certain games this feature would make it possible to, for example, regain items that had been traded to other players, or revert to a higher online multiplayer ranking that had been lost. To ensure fair play, Save Data Cloud backup may not be enabled for such games. To ensure that Save Data Cloud backups cannot be used to unfairly affect online multiplayer rankings, the feature will not be enabled in Splatoon 2." But if this is the truth then how come Playstation and Xbox allow Cloud Saves for ALL TITLES including online ranking games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Elder Scrolls Online, or even Dark Souls? The Cloud Save Issue still has one last major flaw currently, if your subscription were to end and not be reactivated by means of recurring payments then the CLOUD SAVE DATA WILL BE DELETED FROM THE SERVERS. So if your subscription ends, then your cloud data will also end and be deleted as well. Currently there is no mention of a grace period to reactivate your Subscription so that your data is not deleted, but to my knowledge doesnt Playstation and Xbox keep your data anyways after the subscription ends?

The final main issue with the Update is that now you have to PAY TO PLAY ONLINE PERIOD. Nintendo Switch owners have been able to play games online such as Mario Kart, Splatoon 2 an other online games for FREE since the consoles release. Now no matter what if you want to play anything online with friends or even random people, you have to pay for it. So Mario Kart, Splatoon 2, Fortnite, any and every game which has online play now is locked unless you have an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

What are your opinions of this new update for Nintendo Switch and is anyone going to be taking part in the Subscription for its benefits and drawbacks?


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This is true but they are locking the bulk of their library behind a paywall almost. Take Splatoon 2 for example, people are still playing that like there is no tomorrow, now Nintendo's numbers have dropped, not massively mind you but a noticeable drop, due to people suddenly having to pay to play the game they have played for 18 months free after purchase.

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