Last week, Nintendo finally aired its latest Direct presentation that gave an overview of all upcoming titles for both the Switch and 3DS. The live broadcast also gave players a glimpse of some of the features that will be available for the upcoming Switch Online service.
Nintendo Switch Online will serve as the subscription-based service for Switch players. Previously, Nintendo revealed that a subscription is required for players to access the online features of some games. Fortunately, free-to-play games such as Fortnite will be exempted. The online service is also the spiritual successor of the Virtual Console, which will give players access to 20 NES games at launch, with more to come.
Now, Nintendo revealed that players could only play NES games offline for up to seven days before they have to connect to the internet and check-in with their online subscription. This is to ensure that players are still subscribed to the service, which is the only way to access the library of NES games.
Moreover, it has been previously revealed that cloud saves will also be featured in Nintendo Switch Online, but will be limited to a select number of titles. Nintendo also confirmed that once the player’s subscription to the service is canceled, the system won’t hold to any cloud saves under the player’s account and will be deleted.