As a reminder Nintendo is moving into the fearless new future that Microsoft heralded in 2002 and Sony followed up with in 2010: paid online subscriptions for consoles. Only months later, the release date was shuffled back to 2018 as Nintendo Of America boss Reggie Fils-Amie claimed the company needed more time to work on its online offering.
It's not quite simultaneous multi-platform-you can only play a particular game on one console at a time-a la Netflix streaming, but it should be enough to satisfy hardcore Nintendo fans.
If you have any further questions, be sure to check out our guide on everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online.
The service, which costs $20 a year, $7.99 a quarter, or $3.99 a month, is now required to play most games online. The special NES Joy-Cons can now be ordered on the Special Offers page. You can then login with other consoles which can also download the digital games linked to that account but they must have a stable internet connection.
The Nintendo Entertainment System is one of four new titles, alongside Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and ARMS, that now have official voice chat support inside the Switch Online app. If you want to pre-order them, you can do so here.
There's been a lot of drama over some online games not supporting cloud backups for anti-cheating reasons, games like Splatoon 2 and Dark Souls, but the vast majority of games are compatible.