Guide to Nintendo Switch Online

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Let's be honest, the main selling point of Nintendo Switch Online is probably the NES games that come bundled in.

A family membership is also available for $34.99 Dollars that allows up to eight Nintendo Account holders to access Nintendo's new service. If you deactivate the primary console, the next Switch you use to sign in to your Nintendo Account and access the Nintendo eShop becomes the primary.

While using a non-primary console, downloadable content can only be started by the user that purchased the content.

This wouldn't be the first time Nintendo has used ROM files of their own games for their virtual consoles.

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The 20 NES games launching with the service today are 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.

Nintendo Switch Online is available for a couple of different price options.

You'll need a subscription to play games online, including popular titles like "Splatoon 2", "Mario Kart 8: Deluxe", and "Mario Tennis: Aces". A seven-day free trial is also available from Nintendo eShop. Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and virtually "pass the controller" at any time. In an email, KapuccinoHeck told Kotaku the NES games can only be added to hacked Switches, which remains a complex undertaking and carries the constant threat of having your account banned by Nintendo. October will bring Solomon's Key, NES Open and Super Dodge Ball.

Paying for a feature that used to be free can be frustrating, but the extra perks Nintendo is offering with the Switch Online service more than justify its cost. All three platforms now require purchase of the online platform in order to play in online mode. The special NES Joy-Cons can now be ordered on the Special Offers page. According to recent reports by hackers, both emulators work in a very similar way, which makes it possible for people to add their own NES games to the Switch Online's library. Of course, the use case for this is for households with more than one Switch system.

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