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My Thoughts on Nintendo’s Online Subscription

When it was first announced, I had very mixed feelings about Nintendo’s online service. After thinking about it, though, it may not be all that bad.

For a one month Nintendo Online subscription, it’s $3.99 USD. For three months it’s $7.99. And for a whole year it’s $19.99. In comparison, Xbox Live is $59.99 for an entire year and PlayStation Plus is $49.99. Nintendo’s online service is cheaper than Xbox’s and PlayStation’s online services which is a nice selling point. But what else do we know about Nintendo’s online service?

Cloud Data Cloud Backup

Saving your data online for easy access is very convenient. Given that the Switch arrives with a measly 32 Gigabytes of onboard storage, backing up save data will be great when you don’t have a micro SD card on hand. Being a college student, I don’t have spare cash all the time, so being able to keep back up my save data to clear space for larger downloads is convenient when I don’t have the funds to purchase a larger micro SD card slot.

Games Included with Online Service

When you purchase a subscription, you can “enjoy 20 NES games with added online play for the first time ever, and more games added regularly”. Some of the launch titles are:

  • Soccer
  • Mario Bros
  • Ice Climbers
  • Tennis
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Donkey Kong
  • Balloon Fight
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3

You can play classic games online with friends, and “you can compete (or cooperate) online with friends, share your screen, or pass the controller, depending on the game”. While the games that have been revealed are not bad titles, they don’t really make me want to jump out of my chair to buy an online subscription. Most NES games are very easily accessible through Virtual Console and older Nintendo systems. All of these can be easily accessed on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. In fact, I bet a fair amount of people reading this article have some of these games in their library on another system (I know for a fact I have a few of these). While Xbox and PlayStation have much more expensive subscriptions, both subscriptions offer better games for free. I understand that you get what you pay for, however, I would be so much happier if Nintendo offered games that are harder to obtain.

An example of a harder to find game is Super Smash Bros. Melee. Melee is at least 40~50 bucks with a case and manual. It’s not playable on any current generation Nintendo platform and could greatly take advantage of the “classic online” features being promised in a subscription. I understand that the Switch is not a powerful system, but it should still be capable of running GameCube games.

While it’s not pretty, the New Nintendo 3DS can run Xenoblade Chronicles and is getting a port of Luigi’s Mansion soon. The Switch is much more capable graphically than the 3DS. I understand that more games will be added regularly, but still, adding harder to obtain games would be greatly appreciated and can probably help sell both subscriptions and consoles.

“Enhance your online experience” with the Nintendo Switch Online App

Being able to easily access my Splatoon 2 stats are nice but outside of having easy access to my stats, the Nintendo Switch Online App is pretty crap. The main reason the app sucks is because of the poor voice chat implemented by Nintendo. I just bought a new phone and it does not have a headphone jack. Thus, I must use a dongle to use regular headphones. While the phone has a great battery, if it happens to run out of battery I either need to stop using voice chat or use another dongle to charge my phone (and dongles are hard to keep track of). Fortnite on the Switch does voice chat correctly and you don’t need to use Nintendo’s silly app. In all honesty, I really would appreciate it if Nintendo fixed the poor voice chat and gave the Switch app more features.

Honestly speaking, I probably will get the online services for the Nintendo Switch. However, adding harder to get games and giving the Switch app more features could probably help sell more subscriptions. Check Nintendo’s website for more details about their online service here.

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