Nintendo Switch Online Requires Weekly Check-ins to Play NES Games

Nintendo excited fans with their announcement of Nintendo Switch Online, which will give subscribers access to cloud saving for certain games, continued support for online play, and an expansive NES library.

But there is a small catch: subscribers will have to connect to the internet at least once a week to continue accessing NES games offline. This differs from its competition, as Microsoft and Sony both allow users to access downloaded materials when offline, with no parallel constraints.

Another catch is that allowing your Nintendo Switch Online Subscription to lapse could eradicate your cloud save data.

The hope right now is that Nintendo revises these policies before or shortly after the launch of the online service on September 18. Because this is their first official attempt at such a service, fans are hoping they listen to their concerns and revise or compromise on troubling policies.

One big plus, though, is that a yearly subscription won’t break the bank, at only $20 a year, with alternate month-to-month and other plans available. Switch users will also have the opportunity to go in for a seven-day free trial of the service.

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