So it’s been a busy few weeks here in the Dump. But one thing we have been concentrating on is the new Nintendo Online experience (which sounds like some kind of cover band or merged supergroup, McBusted anyone?)
At first, I opted for the free trial to see what they had to offer, and the service really is bare bones. PS Plus and Xbox Live this is not. For £17.99 a year you get online access for games and the NES arcade selection, a library of games from the original console for you to carry around with you. Despite the limited selection of twenty-one games, with more added each month, the service is pretty decent. With most games having an online multiplayer option and snapshot functionality.
I found myself going back to these more and more, and the idea of Nintendo adding some other titles from their past consoles onto the system, there’s never a better time to get a Switch system.
The only one criticism is that the library is still a bit threadbare. Sure, you’ve got The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, but there are some glaring omissions on the library – Punch-Out, Super Mario Bros. 2, Mega Man, all titles that got their start on the NES are not present here. Not that that’s a bad thing. There wouldn’t be much point in having the service if they gave you all your treats in one hit.
The servers work as well as they did before the switch to the paid service. I’ve never had any trouble connecting, but I know friends who have but connectivity issues can always be localised. Neither have I had any issues with the multiplayer function on these classic titles not working. All seems good so far, but still it is very early days.
All in all, the service is worth the money it’s asking. Sure, it doesn’t have to compete with the other two, but then why would it? Nintendo has never been about staying what’s current, they like to stay with what’s fun.
In four weeks time I’ll return with an update to this article. For now, here’s a screenshot of me being a champion.