Nintendo just revealed a ton of new information about upcoming Switch releases, bundles and the soon-to-launch paid online service coming to the console this month.
While Nintendo Switch owners will soon have to pay to use the system’s online features, including multiplayer games, the Japanese game maker is including some perks with your subscription.
While Sony and Microsoft both offer regular monthly free games with PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live with Gold respectively, Nintendo is taking a slightly different approach. The company is offering 20 NES games at launch this September, with a steady trickle of NES titles releasing in the months after. Some of these games will be revamped with online play.
Here are all the NES titles coming to the Nintendo Switch in September and the rest of 2018.
September 18th (Launch)
- 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
- Pro Wrestling
- Ice Hockey
- Solomon’s Key
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Super Dodge Ball
- Mighty Bomb Jack
- Wario’s Woods
- Ninja Gaiden
- Adventures of Lolo
While it’s definitely a bummer that Nintendo has jumped on the paid monthly subscription bandwagon, at least they’re giving away games in the process. This isn’t exactly a replacement for the Virtual Store either, but I suspect Nintendo is holding off on that both because of this service and the various retro consoles being produced (with more beyond the NES and SNES Classic sure to be released at some point.)
I remember many of these games. Given how little I play my retro Nintendo consoles, however, I’m not sure this is a huge sell for me. Then again I’m always trying to play too many games at once (it’s the job) so maybe I’m not the target audience here.
Wireless NES Switch Controllers
To help you play all these old-school games, Nintendo is releasing wireless NES controllers designed for the Switch that you can charge from the dock (via USB-C.)
The controllers are only available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers and cost $59.99 per pair. Customers are limited to two controllers (one box) per Nintendo Account.
Apps, Pricing, etc.
Along with the “free” games, Switch owners will have access to a mobile phone app that’s apparently supposed to make online gaming with the Switch more fun according to Nintendo.
Nintendo Switch Online will cost $3.99 for one month; $7.99 for three months; or 12 months for $19.99 making it cheaper than the competition. You can buy a family membership for $34.99 that covers up to 8 Switch accounts for a year. Nintendo is really hoping fans buy multiple units, and that makes perfect sense. The family membership is a better deal for just two consoles, so up to 8 is really not a bad deal.
Not as good as free, of course. Oh well.