Nintendo announced that an eagerly awaited sequel to its Animal Crossing series will come to the Switch in 2019. (Nintendo Photo)
Last week, Nintendo’s corporate headquarters in Japan was damaged by Typhoon Jebi, which knocked the N off the Nintendo sign on the outside of the building. The next day, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Hokkaido. After that, you can’t really blame Nintendo for canceling its planned Nintendo Direct stream and rescheduling it for Thursday.
But the news was well worth the wait as Nintendo revealed several long-awaited new games, including a new Switch sequel in its Animal Crossing series, in addition to Nintendo Online, the new service for online play.
Here’s the full rundown of the announcement — including new Switch games, the Nintendo Online service and new Nintendo 3DS games.
The new Nintendo Switch service, Switch Online, begins on Sept. 18th. The service features an entry-level cost of $3.99 a month, with savings if you pay for more time at once.
It has five features included with a membership: online play with compatible games, classic NES games with online compatibility (with a surprisingly deep library), automatic cloud storage backup for your save data, and connectivity with a smartphone app that will let you voice-chat with friends while playing certain games.
Nintendo also announced a wireless NES controller with compatibility for the Switch, in order to play the NES library on Switch Online as it was meant to be back in the day. They can be charged the same way you charge JoyCons, by sliding them into the Switch while it’s docked.
Subscribers also receive special offers, although Nintendo will “have more to announce in the future” about that.
New Switch games and features
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