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Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa had a few interesting comments about Switch Online during the company’s latest financial briefing.

Furukawa started out by stating that the service “had a good launch”. Nintendo’s current objective “is on boosting the appeal of the service” and “further enhance the content of the service for the subscriber base to reach a certain size”. Using the NES-exclusive controllers as an example, Furukawa added that Nintendo has to “develop the service beyond being merely digital, in ways play to our strengths as a company that operates an integrated hardware and software business.”

Nintendo has dated the next wave of NES games for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee are all going live on November 14.

Here’s a trailer promoting their release:

As mentioned earlier today, The Legend of Zelda – Living the life of luxury has been added to the Nintendo Switch Online app with the latest game update. Check out some footage below.

Three more NES games are now available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. As was announced last week, Nintendo has added in NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon’s Key, and Super Dodge Ball.

There also appears to be an additional surprise. The Legend of Zelda – Living the life has also been added, which is the first example of a “special” version of the classic.

Did you know that the NES games as part of Nintendo Switch Online have a low-latency mode? When enabled, input delay will be reduced when playing games online. However, Nintendo says that it may affect audio and visuals.

You can follow the steps below to enable low-latency mode:

One of the main features of Nintendo Switch Online is the ability to upload all of your save data to the cloud. However, there’s been some concern about what happens to those saves after your subscription ends.

As a reminder, Nintendo’s official FAQ has stated:

Chinese Switch owners were unexpectedly unable to access Nintendo Switch Online after purchasing it, encountering black screen and connection errors. This is because Nintendo’s voice chat is hosted on Google servers, and all Google services are banned in China. Nintendo is unlikely to do much, given the Switch isn’t even officially sold in China, but we’ll have to wait for more information.

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GameXplain has put together a video comparing the emulation behind the new Nintendo Switch Online service and the NES Classic Edition. Watch it below.

Nintendo has opened up pre-order for the NES controllers tied in to Nintendo Switch Online. Orders can be placed here.

Note that you’ll need to have an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to be eligible. Furthermore, you must have a paid membership and a Nintendo Account.

The Nintendo Switch Online service starts this week. As it turns out, you can actually pay the initial fee using My Nintedo Gold Points, as an FAQ on Nintendo’s website reveals:

Gold Points can be used when purchasing a membership in the Nintendo eShop. They cannot be used for auto-renewal.

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