A year and a half after launching, the Nintendo Switch is finally getting an official online service.
To coincide with the release of NES games on the Switch as part of its online subscription service, Nintendo is releasing retro-replicas of the original NES controllers on September 18. These Switch compatible NES controllers will slide onto the Switch just like Joy-Con, playing wirelessly for all those upcoming NES titles for Online Service subscribers. You can check out some images of the controllers in the gallery below. You can make use of a seven-day free trial by signing up on the Nintendo eShop starting September 18. Not all games will support this feature, but it's a relief to see Nintendo add a feature that should have been ready at launch. Exclusive gear for Splatoon 2 will be given to anyone who purchases a 1yr membership, starting in early October. Not only is the feature not guaranteed to be compatible for all games, it must also be done via the Nintendo Switch Online app.
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The service also unlocks access to a library of NES games, including Super Mario Bros.