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Thinking about buying a Nintendo Switch? Have a Nintendo Switch but do not have Nintendo Switch Online? This may change your mind and make you want to get online, especially during this time of quarantine. We’ll list out all the reasons to buy a Nintendo Switch, as well as features that Nintendo Switch Online offers for a consumer.

Why To Buy Reason 1: The Price

When it comes to a gaming console, and gaming online, we realize things can become costly. What’s great about the Nintendo Switch is, it is significantly cheaper than most of it’s competitors. Current price of the Nintendo Switch is $299, and most likely will remain that way for a while. Chances are you can find a special offer for the system which also includes a free game.

There is also a Switch Lite, which sells for $100 less, at $199. The only difference between the Switch and Switch Lite is the ability to transfer thee game to your television. The Switch Lite is strictly a handheld system.

In comparison to other systems such as the upcoming Xbox X and Playstation 5, the Nintendo Switch is much more fiscally sound.

Why To Buy Reason 2: Portability

Ever play a game and have to stop at the worst moment possible? If you ever wished you could just take the game with you in the car, or to a family vacation, the Nintendo Switch is one of the very few consoles that can do so, so easily. The Switch is great for keeping kids occupied while traveling. Xbox’s and Playstation’s simply cannot do this.

The Nintendo Switch can be used as a “console” system or handheld device. Switching to and fro can be done in seconds, literally.

Why To Buy Reason 3: Game Selection

A common question from gamers is what is the game selection and what games are exclusive to this system. What’s superb about the Nintendo Switch is, the games offered through Nintendo stretch across all maturity levels and ages, while also having the most extensive game library for young children and games to play as a whole family, in comparison to other systems.

There are new games, old nostalgic games, hardcore gamer games, free games, moderately priced games, expensive ones, etc. It’s like “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish”.

Why To Buy Reason 4: Apps, Like Streaming Apps

If you’ve had enough gaming and want to watch a tv show or read some comic books, the Nintendo Switch has the capability of running apps as well. For instance, you can stream Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, read comic books, or do coloring pages for kids, all through downloadable apps on the Nintendo eShop.

Why To Buy Reason 5: Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online is by far the cheapest subscription based online gaming that you’ll find out there for any gaming console. It comes with many different features that are exclusive to the subscription. This subscription is not mandatory in order to play your Nintendo Switch, but it does offer the ability to play with friends and strangers across the globe.

What Does Nintendo Switch Online Offer:

Nintendo Switch Online highlights five features: online gameplay, the NES app, the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, Save Data Cloud and Special Offers. Now let’s see how much it will cost…

Individual Membership
Family Membership (Up to 8 Account Holders)
1 Month
3 Months
$7.99 (Save $3.98)
12 Months
$19.99 (Save $27.98) $34.99

If you decide to sign up for online, getting one of the yearly subscriptions, will save you a nice chunk of change if you go with that route. Not to mention, as a yearly subscriber, you earn exclusive content. 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online is by far the cheapest online gaming service in comparison to Xbox Live, and Playstation, which cost about $60 a year.

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NES Classics

On launch of buying the yearly subscription, Nintendo is providing 20 NES games, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong. The games can be played solo, with certain titles also allowing for two-player local co-op and even joinable online co-op. Even in single-player games, NES allows you to “pass the controller” to the online player so you can effectively take turns. However, be aware if you play online, only the host of the session will be able to keep the saved game. All of the games are accessible through Nintendo’s specific NES app, which can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

NES Classics are perfect to play with kids, and as a family. As most of the games are simple arcade style and the controls are very easy.

Nintendo plans to add more games every month. The company has also added 11 more titles to the initial 20: Solomon’s Key, Super Dodgeball, NES Open Tournament Golf, Adventures of Lolo, Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods, TwinBee, Blaster Master and The Legend of Zelda II.

Saving Data Cloud

Saving to the cloud is certainly a major highlight of this service, but it really shouldn’t be. Nintendo is basically kidnapping your cloud saves and asking for ransom money in order to bring them back home safely. Keep in mind that this is also the case if you own a microSD card, as you still cannot back up data to that. And what’s worse is that the company is going to ask for that money every subscription cycle, and if you don’t pay up, your saves are as good as dead. But truthfully, this feature will save you a lot of pain, as if the console breaks or if you were to use a memory card and that broke, you’d be out of luck.


There are other features that Online offers a player, such as a phone app, special offers, and more. When compared to other online gaming services it truly is a steal in price. For parents wanting to play nostalgic video games such as NES Mario and Legend of Zelda, this is by far the easiest way to obtain those games without searching all over Ebay and ordering each individual game and console.

Hollywood Kyle is the Digital Content Producer and Production Director of Mix 99.5 WJBR. Being a Delaware local, Kyle takes pride in his hometown and has had a love for music since a young age. Hollywood Kyle joins the Mix Morning Show for abstract thoughts and ideas during "Hollywood Kyle" segment around 9:40am Monday thru Friday.