Nintendo to sell NES-style Switch wireless controllers to online service subscribers

Nintendo to sell NES-style Switch wireless controllers to online service subscribers

Nintendo announced new wireless NES controllers today as an exclusive for subscribers of the Switch's online service.

Before you start paying, Nintendo is offering a week free for you to see if it's something you really want to pay for. Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus both cost $59.99 for a year-long subscription, while Nintendo Switch Online is available for $19.99 per year for an individual or $34.99 for families.

In terms of perks, you don't get current gen games for free like you do on PSN. For example, we now know that Nintendo Switch Online is coming September 18.

Despite being classic NES games, Nintendo has at least been kind enough to add some modern day functionality to them.

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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. I'm not actually excited for Switch Online at all so far, but I also don't play any video games online. So...

They can be played locally and online with other people using the Joy-Con, but the original formfactor will no doubt feel and work a lot better with them.

As well as enabling online play, it will give paying members access to a selection of multiplayer-enabled NES titles, cloud saves, special store discounts and offers, and a companion app for smartphones.

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