As a reminder Nintendo is moving into the courageous new future that Microsoft heralded in 2002 and Sony followed up with in 2010: paid online subscriptions for consoles. And soon after we learned that September 18 launch date, but basically nothing else new, at the Nintendo Direct. Switch Online, a new subscription service, will help Nintendo make it better. People can now pay Nintendo $20 per year (or something else depending on their preferred pricing tier) for the privilege of subscribing. Online play and cloud save backups are also a must-have. I now have the peace of mind that comes from knowing my hundreds of hours of progress across various games won't be lost if a third-party dock suddenly bricks my system.More news: Will one of Apple's new iPhones be your next smartphone?
The shift to paid online for most retail games, with exceptions like free-to-play titles, and paid voice chat (all previously free). For those that simply can't wait that long (and are willing to take some risks), it's possible to upload your own ROMs and play them through the NES app on the Switch.More news: Trump says not anxious what ex-aide will tell prosecutors
In addition, if you have earned enough My Nintendo Gold Coins, you are able to use them to purchase a new subscription, although they cannot be used for auto-renewal. You can only have one primary console at a time, and when you add your Nintendo Account to other consoles, they won't be activated as your primary one unless you've already deactivated your main Switch. Downloadable content can also only be started by the user who purchased it.More news: Liverpool 'made a point' with PSG victory - Joe Gomez