Some retro fans are excited for the selection of ‘upgraded’ NES titles that are coming to the Switch via the new Switch Online service. These titles have been enhanced with online functionality, including multiplayer and the ability to voice chat. All you’ll need is a Switch Online membership to access them, and then you’re set. But, it looks like there’s a small catch.
It turns out that you’ll need to connect to Nintendo’s servers at least once per week in order to keep playing the NES games. This may not be an issue for most folks, but in the event that you’re unable to get your Switch onto the Internet for a week (say, if your power is out for an extended period) then this policy could be a problem.
There’s no telling why Nintendo has put this stipulation into place. Perhaps it’s to add an incentive for subscribers to log-on at least once a week? Whatever the case may be, this serves as yet another hoop to jump through for Switch Online users. Another major one is that data backed-up to Nintendo’s cloud servers will be erased if your membership expires.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.