We’re only a month away from Nintendo Switch Online launching, Nintendo’s new paid alternative to the old Virtual Console. Starting September, Nintendo Switch owners will need to pay a fee to use their systems online, like every other major game console has done.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Switch owners, though. Aloung with this change will come a streaming service of classic games to play. According to a tweet put out by Nintendo UK, one of the first games we’ll have access to is Super Mario Bros 3 for the NES. That’s good news for Mario fans, or quite frankly, anyone who enjoys a top-quality 2D platformer.
For many, Super Mario Bros 3 represents the pinnacle of 2D Mario, taking everything great about the series and making it that much better. In fact, Super Mario Bros 3 has been ranked amoung the top games of all time, and for good reason – it’s still a blast to play.
Many new adopters of the Nintendo Switch Online service will be wondering what other games they have to look forward to next month. Nintendo’s been pretty hush-hush on that, but you can expect the floodgates are going to open soon, as Nintendo’s going to want to sell as many people as possible on their new paid online service.
There are still some questions that remain to be answered. How will a paid online service change the landscape of online gaming on the Switch? Will we see more hardcore gamers online, as the more casual amoung us won’t opt to pay for online every month? Will online competitions get harder as a result? What kind of retro games like Super Mario Bros 3 will we have access to, and how long will we be able to play them before they’re rotated out for new games?
We’re entering a new frontier for online gaming on a Nintendo console, and while it may seem silly to an outside observer who’s been paying for their online services for years, the Nintendo Switch Online service is something entirely new for us. It’s going to shape our online experience – let’s just hope it’s a positive change. Super Mario Bros 3 is a great start, but it’s going to take more than one classic gem to keep fans happy.
What do you think about the new online service, and Nintendo’s new streaming service replacing Virtual Console? Are you excited for something new? So you wish Nintendo had gone in a different direction? Let us know in the comments below!
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