Nintendo's new Netflix-like service for classic games is a shattering disappointment, but it's so inexpensive that you should try it anyway
Nintendo is the Disney of video games.
There are plenty of arguments for why this is the case, but the most obvious parallel is Nintendo's vast library of classic games. Starting with the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the early '80s and going all the way up to the Nintendo DS and Wii in the early '00s, Nintendo has a wealth of classic games that people still want to play.
And, for years, people have clamored for a way to access that library. "Why not offer a Netflix-style subscription service?" they shouted, while throwing money in the general direction of Nintendo's Kyoto, Japan headquarters.
Last week, on September 18, Nintendo finally offered just such a service ... sort of.
Behold: Nintendo Switch Online!
But after a week of using Nintendo's Netflix-like subscription service, I'm left wanting much, much more than what's currently available.
Allow me to explain.
1. The list of games is paltry.
2. The games that are included aren't especially thrilling.
3. The addition of online functionality to games is extremely limited.
4. There's an awkward online sign-in requirement.
5. The service otherwise operates almost exactly like Nintendo's "Classic Edition" consoles do — for better and worse.
All that said, if you own a Switch, you obviously should pay for this service for one reason: It's incredibly inexpensive.
What about the other stuff you get with Nintendo Switch Online?
Get a closer look at Nintendo Switch Online from Nintendo directly in this brief video:
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