Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers Announced for Switch’s Online Members

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The days of free online play are ending for Nintendo Switch, as their paid-for service is scheduled to go live on Wednesday, September 19.

Nintendo plans to give more details about Nintendo Switch Online at an event tomorrow.

The service also unlocks access to a library of NES games, including Super Mario Bros.

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Nintendo Switch owners will not be automatically charged when the service launches in the second half of September, the company confirmed last month. For example, when playing Super Mario Bros online, you can use a hand-shaped cursor to point out hints to your friends now playing.

Other perks of signing up for the Switch Online service are special offers, which will be announced as time passes. Exclusive gear for Splatoon 2 will be given to anyone who purchases a 1yr membership, starting in early October. The app allows players to voice chat with friends while playing certain games, with the example shown as Mario Tennis Aces.

The controllers are $60 and are available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members. DOOM, Skyrim, Enter the Gungeon, the Binding of Isaac, and more have been ported to the Switch, and Nintendo is now adding Civilization VI, City Skylines, Warframe, Diablo 3, and a handful of indie titles.