Nintendo Restricts New Switch NES Controllers Behind Online Subscription

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November 2 is the same day that the special Super Smash Bros.

If you're more an RPG player, Nintendo's got a remastered "Mario & Luigi" game on the way, with a January 11, 2019 launch date, with "Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story". Now they're a powerhouse of studio with millions of Warframe users, many of which are buying into the game's myriad microtransactions, which the developer touts as cosmetic in nature.

Of course, with less than three months to go before the game's release, Nintendo could have another one or two more fighters up its sleeve, although series creator Masahiro Sakurai has previously stated that "we're kind of hoping you aren't expecting too many new challengers".

Offsetting some of this good news about Nintendo's fast-approaching online service, it was recently revealed that in order to play the included NES games offline, players will need to sign in to the online service once a week and check in.

Nintendo Switch Online will be available starting on September 18th, 2018. These new Joy-Cons are shaped like NES controllers, and you'll only be able to buy them if you're an online subscriber.

Another annoyance will likely come from the fact that Nintendo won't hold onto your cloud saves if your subscription isn't active. In addition to voice chat support, the app will also offer a second screen experience to view your in-game stats while you're playing.

Nintendo Direct also saw the announcement of a new Switch online service. In terms of pricing, a 1-month membership costs £3.49 ($3.99); 3-months cost £6.99 ($7.99); and a 12-month membership costs £17.99 ($19.99).

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