It's unknown why Nintendo chose to go with this particular business model, as we can't imagine folks are going to be too pleased with this direction. You can buy digital games on Nintendo's eShop storefront, maintain a list of online friends, share in-game images and video to social media, and a handful of other stuff. The requirement will also be noted on game boxes that are produced for new or previously released games. However, they're only available to Switch Online subscribers, so you'll need to toss an extra 3.49 to 17.99 onto the asking price.
It's a bit cringe-worthy at parts, but the Super Mario Party trailer shown during E3 does give us an excellent look at what it'll be like to play the game on October 5.
The game involves players inhabiting a village with anthropomorphic animals, performing a range of tasks and activities including collecting things, socializing and spending in-game currency.
But following that teaser, Nintendo noted that Animal Crossing Switch is, indeed, on the way.
There was one more Animal Crossing reveal right at the end of the presentation, involving Isabelle, the mayor's assistant from New Leaf has been unveiled as the latest addition to Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo announces wireless NES controllers to play classic games on Switch Online
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS.
First and foremost, new games are on the way. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you aren't into 2D platformers to begin with, and it's probably not worth buying again if you already had it on the Wii U. To allow Switch owners to play these games they were played originally, Nintendo has released new wireless NES controllers that are compatible with the Switch gaming console.
Nintendo also announced the launch of Nintendo Switch Online.
"Digital games that require a membership for online play will be identified in Nintendo eShop and on game information pages at http://www.nintendo.com". A subscription costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 for the year, making it far cheaper than Sony's and Microsoft's equivalent online subscription services. Thankfully, cloud saves will be coming to the console in five days via Nintendo Switch Online, but there are some major caveats.
Those after a truly authentic retro feel will nearly certainly want to pick up Nintendo's latest accessory - wireless NES controllers.
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Adding to that were a couple of two hour weather delays, putting a damper on developing any kind of rhythm in the game.