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Nintendo Switch Online Prices Online Multiplayer

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During this week’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed details for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which launches next week on September 18.

Up until now online multiplayer has been in a free trial period. But that’s about to change with the launch of Nintendo Switch Online. A subscription costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 for the year, making it far cheaper than Sony’s and Microsoft’s equivalent online subscription services.

A Family Membership for up to eight accounts is also available for $34.99 per year.

Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online are provided the following five features:

Online gameplay. The most obvious reason to subscribe is the ability to play games online. Many of Nintendo’s marquee games are built with multiplayer in mind, including Splatoon, Mario Kart, and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

NES games on Switch. Subscribers get access to a library of classic NES games they can play on the Switch. At launch there will be 20 games available, including Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zleda, with more added regularly. Online play will also be available for multiplayer games.

Cloud Saves. Switch users have been clamoring for a way to backup save data to the cloud. Unfortunately you’ll have to be a subscriber to access this feature.

Smartphone App. The app, like online play, has been free up to this point. When the Nintendo Switch Online service launches, you’ll need to be a subscriber to access its voice chat features.

Special Offers. The two examples at launch are NES-style Switch controllers (available to purchase only for subscribers), and download codes for exclusive gear for Splatoon 2 (only for 12-month members).

Nintendo Switch Online launches September 18.

Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at College Football Games

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Nintendo has announced a partnership with Wendy’s College Tailgate Tour to bring playable gameplay stations of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to college campuses around the country.

“Many of our biggest fans are now in college and have memories growing up playing one of the games in the Super Smash Bros. series,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We want to bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate directly to longtime and first-time players, and what better way than to combine two of college students’ favorite pastimes: video games and football.”

Nintendo will utilize a custom Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded trailer at select college football games this season. The trailer will include six gameplay stations in dedicated tailgate areas right outside of the stadiums. A large LED screen will be available for onlookers to view of the action.

The setup is designed as “highly visual” to encourage pics and sharing on social media. Impromptu tournaments will be hosted throughout the tailgate. Winners can even win Smash Bros. branded promotional items. Like any tailgate, admission will be free.

The Wendy’s College Tailgate Tour kicks off on September 22 at the Stanford @ Oregon game. See the full schedule below to find where the Smash Bros. trailer will be each week.

  • Sept. 22 – Stanford @ Oregon
  • Oct. 6 – Alabama @ Arkansas
  • Oct. 13 – Wisconsin @ Michigan
  • Oct. 20 – Oklahoma @ TCU
  • Oct. 27 – Clemson @ FSU
  • Nov. 3 – South Carolina @ Ole Miss
  • Nov. 10 – TCU @ West Virginia
  • Nov. 17 – Miami @ Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 24 – Michigan @ Ohio State
  • Jan. 1, 2019 – Teams and location to be determined

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features over 70 fighters, 100 stages, and 900 music tracks, making it the largest in franchise history. Newly announced fighters include Ridley, King K. Rool, and Simon Belmont.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will arrive exclusively on Nintendo Switch on December 7.

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Moonlighter Opening Shop on Switch this November

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Moonlighter launched earlier this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and now it’s finally coming to Switch. 11 bit Studios has announced that Moonlighter will release on Switch this November. A specific date has not yet been announced.

Moonlighter is an action-RPG that combines the dungeon-crawling of old-school Zelda games with running a merchant shop with all the loot you acquire. You play as Will, a shopkeeper with heroic tendencies as you explore the mysterious dungeons outside of town.

The game also uses a rogue-like system. It’s not game over if you die but you drop most of your hard-earned loot, and dungeons are randomly generated each time you go inside. For a price you can teleport back and forth between the dungeon and the town. Each dungeon has an end boss that unlocks the next harder dungeon.

At the shop you can set your own prices for each piece of loot you find. The ideal sell price is mostly trial and error, with some light economy management. Also in town Will can use materials and gold to upgrade his weapons and armor and purchase potions.

Moonlighter is developed by Digital Sun and published by 11 bit Studios. It’s available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and coming to Switch in November. It’s rated E10+ for Fantasy Violence.