Nintendo eShop Maintenance

Nintendo have announced that the Nintendo eShop will undergo maintenance on 24 September from 09:00-12:00 JST (23 September from 17:00-20:00 PT) with Switch, 3DS, and Wii U services affected.

In addition, online play of some Nintendo Switch software will undergo maintenance on both 25 and 26 September from 09:50-11:30 JST (24 and 25 September from 17:50-19:30 PT.

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Nintendo Switch Online Annual Payments

Nintendo are now charging Nintendo Switch Online members with an annual subscription featuring recurring payments, that purchased at the start of the service in September last year.

The last subscriber numbers we have are 9.8 million reported on 26 April. The next quarterly report is on 31 October where we’ll hopefully hear the impact of the SNES games to the service.

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Nintendo Suspend Delivery of Free Gem Apples

Nintendo have temporarily suspended delivery of the free 100 Gem Apples due to a malfunction. The Gem Apples were available to Nintendo Switch Online members for use in the Super Kirby Clash game (see this post for more). I’ll notify you once they’re available again!

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Nintendo Announce New Nintendo Switch Online Incentive

Nintendo have announced that from 01 October 2019, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to use the remaining time of their Individual Membership as a discount when purchasing a Family Membership, accruing 6 yen per remaining day. A similar plan will also come into effect in Europe with North America expected to confirm shortly.

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Nintendo Switch Online Prices Increasing in Japan

Nintendo are beginning to send emails to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers in Japan notifying users with an automatic renewal that prices will be increasing from 01 October due to the country’s consumption tax increase (from 8% to 10%). ¥300 will increase to ¥306, and ¥800 to ¥815. Nintendo have notified us that annual memberships and family memberships will remain at the same price. Please note that this increase is for Japan only. Many thanks to Naruki for assistance in writing this.

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Nintendo Switch Online Games Live

The Super Famicom Nintendo Switch Online app is now available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop as a free download requiring 118 MB. Check out the full list of included games below along with select screenshots. The games in both this and the Family Computer Nintendo Switch Online app can now be arranged by title, release date, total play time, and more. Pressing the ZL button + ZR button will allow you to rewind, with the Famicom app updated to Version 4.0.0. All titles can be saved at anytime during play.

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SNES Online Games Announced

Nintendo have just announced that 20 Super Famicom (SNES) games will be coming to Nintendo Switch Online from 06 September in Japan with the following titles: F-ZERO, Kirby Bowl, Star Fox, Super E.D.F., Super Family Tennis, Super Formation Soccer, Super Puyo Puyo, Super Mario Kart, Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Joe & Mac 3, Demon’s Crest, Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts, Pilotwings, Breath of Fire, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Rushing Beat Ran, and Wild Trax. A controller will also be purchasable for Nintendo Switch Online members. Images added below…

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