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Last night, Nintendo announced that it would be selling NES and Famicom controllers for the Switch, which explains why those controller icons were included in the firmware.

But perhaps the most interesting news from Nintendo Direct was that a swath of popular board games is coming to your Switch console.

When asked for comment by Kotaku UK, Nintendo replied: "Nintendo does not comment on rumour and speculation", but, even in the absence of official word, it seems pretty obvious that the company has prepared to eventually release SNES controllers for Switch (which also means SNES games).

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It's also a decision that makes Nintendo seem short-sighted compared to its competitors, with Microsoft offering free cloud saves to all Xbox owners, and Sony storing PS4 cloud data for six months after a user's PlayStation Plus subscription has ended.

Save data stored via the Save Data Cloud backup is available for as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.

"Save data stored with Save Data Cloud can not be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership". The basic features, including cloud saves and a collection of NES games with added online play, were already known, but a few somewhat concerning new details have come to light.

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Nintendo Switch Online will set you back $4 a month, and a mere $20 for a full year. That doesn't appear to be the case with the Switch unless Nintendo clarifies further in the future.

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