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Nintendo Switch Online Details Revealed, Including Cloud Saves

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How long have you been handling your Switch with extreme care, nervous about the possibility of dropping it and losing your hundreds of recorded hours in Breath of the Wild? Is Nintendo finally listening to consumers’ number one request?

It would appear so. Nintendo released new details regarding its upcoming online service this evening, and “Cloud data backup” was added to the description. “Save your data online for easy access. Details about this feature will be available before the paid service launches in September,” says Nintendo’s official copy.

The downside is you’ll have to pay — it’s an exclusive part of NSO, which costs $19.99 a year. Nintendo is not alone; Sony only offers cloud save backup as part of a Playstation Plus subscription.

More was revealed than just cloud storage. Nintendo spoke in the past about offering games from their classic lineup with online features added; now we know NSO will launch with twenty NES games wired for online play. Big N revealed just half of them:

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

How exactly each game utilizes online features is a mystery, but Nintendo did mention competitive multiplayer, co-op multiplayer, and old-fashioned turn-taking (between two people in different states).

We should learn much more about Nintendo Switch Online during E3 next month. In the meantime….don’t drop your system.