Play some Double Dragon while camping.
Nintendo Switch Online, the paid online service coming to the Nintendo Switch tomorrow, will not require an always-on internet connection to play its included NES downloadable titles, and will let users play those downloaded games offline for up to seven days.
Revealed on the official Nintendo Switch Online FAQ on the Nintendo of America website (as well as Nintendo’s UK website), the complimentary NES games that come with the service aren’t tethered to an active internet connection. While users will naturally need to be online in order to download the games, they won’t have to fret about not being able to play these games while on a morning commute, or while going camping for the weekend.
In the FAQ, the question “Can NES – Nintendo Switch Online games be played offline?” is fielded, and is answered with: “Yes, these games can be played offline for up to 7 days as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.”
Some questions on this front still remain, including what would happen if the membership lapses during this seven-day period, but the user is still disconnected from the internet. Users won’t have to wait long to get answers, however, as the service drops tomorrow, September 18.
The initial NES games that can be downloaded with the service include The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and 17 other titles. For the rest of 2018, three new games will be added to this list each month, including Metroid, Wario’s Woods and Ninja Gaiden. If fans want to play these games as close to the original experience as possible, Nintendo revealed wireless NES-style controllers for the Switch during its latest Nintendo Direct.
More information about Nintendo Switch Online has been revealed over the last few days, including how cloud save data is deleted if your subscription expires, that My Nintendo’s Gold Points can be used to pay for Nintendo Switch Online, and some games like Fortnite won’t require users to pay for the service to play online.
Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for Tech, and he’s gonna play Super Mario Bros. 3 immediately come Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter.