Nintendo is holding its first Nintendo Direct presentation since E3 2018, and during the prerecorded broadcast, it is announcing game updates as well as new hardware, such as NES-style controllers for the Switch.
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Backing up a bit, Nintendo also detailed its upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service, which launches in September for $20 per year. The service includes Nintendo Entertainment System games, and so Nintendo is releasing a wireless NES-style controller for the Switch that will work with those games. It can attach to the Switch like a Joycon, only it looks like the classic gamepad from the 90s.
Nintendo said it plans to release a 6.0.0. firmware update for the Switch console soon that will include a paywall for online multiplayer as well as classic NES games. Players can only gain access to online multiplayer and the NES games after buying a subscription to the Switch's new online service. Other Switch Online features will include upcoming games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate and cloud saves.
As for the NES-style Joycons, Nintendo will start selling them exclusively to Switch Online subscribers on 18 September for $60 a pair.
#NintendoSwitchOnline will feel even more authentic by using the new wireless NES style controllers with the classic #NES games, available for purchase exclusively for paid Nintendo Switch Online members!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 13, 2018
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