Nintendo confirmed that the program will offer the chance to “save your data online for easy access,” adding that “details about this feature will be available before the paid service launches in September.”
The company’s Japanese website states that Switch Online will offer “save data custody” — which means Nintendo will “store save data in the main body via the internet.”
“Data can be prevented from being lost even in the event of a failure,” the translation concludes.
The page does say that “some software” will be excluded from the cloud save scenario, though no further detail was offered.
While tremendous news for those planning to subscribe to the service, the features doesn’t assist those with malfunctioning units who will potentially lose hours upon hours of progression in titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Currently, a broken console means all locally-stored saves are lost.
20 NES games at launch
Nintendo Switch Online will also offer up online play, 20 NES games at launch, a special application for smartphones that “makes online play more enjoyable” and other members-only privileges.
Confirmed NES titles include:
- Donkey Kong
- Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
Pricing has been set at $3.99 USD for one month, $7.99 USD for three month and $19.99 USD for a year. A Family Membership costs $34.99 USD for a year.
“With a family membership, up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to use the Nintendo Switch Online service, even on different systems,” Nintendo has confirmed.
Update: Australian and New Zealand pricing is as follows:
- One month (30 days): AU$5.95 / NZ$6.55
- Three months (90 days): AU$11.95 / NZ$13.15
- 12 months (365 days): AU$29.95 / NZ$32.95
- Family membership (12 months/365 days): AU$54.95 / NZ$60.45
What do you think of the Nintendo Switch Online service?