Nintendo Switch wireless NES controller preorders start next week

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

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NINTENDO HAS CONFIRMED that its long-awaited Switch Online service is arriving next week.

Switch Online is the Nintendo's unimaginatively-named subscription-based online service. Nintendo added that the Switch's online service will launch on September 18.

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can play enhanced NES™ games the way they're meant to be played-using Nintendo Entertainment System-style controllers!

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Nintendo has revealed new NES controllers for the Switch - but they're only available to subscribers of the recently announced Switch Online service. You can check out some images of the controllers in the gallery below.

"Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and "pass the controller" at any time".

Much like the Switch's Joy-Con controllers, the wireless NES pads can be recharged by simply slotting them into the sides of your Switch console. Nintendo also stated that it will update the NES library with more titles in the months ahead, so fingers crossed that we'll see classics like Castlevania and Contra make the rounds, along with a few obscure favorites.

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Nintendo's answer to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live will cost $3.99 per month after the free trial. You can make use of a seven-day free trial by signing up on the Nintendo eShop starting September 18.

That said, it's not all rosy: One of the biggest disappointments about the proposed online play of the Switch was that the only way to get voice chat going was apparently via the dubious Switch Online app.

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