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September 21, 2018

Nintendo Switch Online: Pricing, Family Plan, NES Games, And More

Nintendo fans have had it good for a long, long time. Unlike Xbox and PlayStation owners, they’ve never had to pay to play their games online. This free period, like all good things, has come to an end. With the launch of Nintendo Switch Online–which is now live with the 6.0 system update–Nintendo has begun charging for online play, although there is a free seven-day trial available to sample it first.

As with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, anyone who wants to get the most out of their Switch will all but have to subscribe. (Note: this doesn’t affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS owners; online service for those systems will remain free). And while [...]

 
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September 21, 2018

Great Nintendo Switch Games On Sale In The Eshop This Week

There’s never been a better time to be a Nintendo Switch owner, because not only is the console a gateway to a library of excellent first-party titles, but the list of killer indies on the Eshop grows by the week. Better yet, those games tend to go on sale often. This week’s Nintendo Switch Eshop sale features a fantastic selection of mostly indie games for cheap. Let’s take a look.

At $20, the beloved–and exceedingly dark–roguelike game The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is half off this week. In it, you play as a boy whose mom goes nuts, so he retreats to the cellar, which is filled with monsters he has to fight using his tears. Yeah, it’s [...]

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September 21, 2018

Mario Kart Has Voice Chat Now And It’s Very Wholesome

Screenshot: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

This week, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe got online voice chat as part of Nintendo Switch Online. Before now, I didn’t think I would want to hear from any of my competitors in Mario Kart. Turns out, it rules.

I like to play Mario Kart online. Starting with Mario Kart 8, I’d lie in bed playing races in the “worldwide” online server on my Wii U gamepad before falling asleep. After Deluxe came out on the Switch, the routine continued. I’d look at the other racers’ regional flags from places like France, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and I’d see their Mii avatars’ friendly waves and smiling faces in the lobby where our avatars convene between [...]

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September 19, 2018

Nintendo Switch Online: NES Games, Family Plan, Service Price, And More

Nintendo fans have had it good for a long, long time. Unlike Xbox and PlayStation owners, they’ve never had to pay to play their games online. This free period, like all good things, has come to an end. With the launch of Nintendo Switch Online–which is now live with the 6.0 system update–Nintendo has begun charging for online play, although there is a free seven-day trial available to sample it first.

As with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, anyone who wants to get the most out of their Switch will all but have to subscribe. (Note: this doesn’t affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS owners; online service for those systems will remain free). And while [...]

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