Nintendo Switch Online: Pricing, Family Plan, NES Games, And More

Nintendo fans have had it good for a long, long time. Unlike Xbox and PlayStation owners, they’ve never had to pay to play their games online. This free period, like all good things, has come to an end. With the launch of Nintendo Switch Online–which is now live with the 6.0 system update–Nintendo has begun charging for online play, although there is a free seven-day trial available to sample it first.

As with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, anyone who wants to get the most out of their Switch will all but have to subscribe. (Note: this doesn’t affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS owners; online service for those systems will remain free). And while it’s not ideal having to pay for something you used to get for nothing, you won’t have much of a choice.

  • Buy a Nintendo Switch
  • Pre-order a Nintendo Switch Online subscription
  • Shop Nintendo Switch games

Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online.


First, some good news: Nintendo Switch Online costs significantly less than the competition. While you have to pay $60 for a year’s subscription to Sony and Microsoft’s services, Nintendo only charges $20. You can order a subscription here. Here’s the breakdown of pricing for a single account holder.

  • One month — $4
  • Three months — $8
  • One year — $20

If you have multiple people in your house who want their own accounts, you’ll need to spring for the family plan. It costs $35 per year and allows up to eight people to play online.

Now let’s take a look at what you get for your money.

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Online Play

With Nintendo Switch live, you won’t be able to play games like Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online without a subscription. The same goes for third-party games like the upcoming port of Diablo 3: The Eternal Collection.

If you look at the Eshop page for online first-party games like Mario Tennis Aces, you’ll see Nintendo has added a disclaimer warning that online play will require a subscription. Free games like Fortnite don’t have the disclaimer and can continued to be played online for free.

Nintendo Switch Online App

Some games, like Fortnite, have voice chat built in. Unfortunately, many games–including Nintendo’s first-party titles–don’t. And while voice chat is a standard built-in feature for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, that’s not the case with Nintendo Switch Online.

This feature is already in place, but to talk with other players while playing online, you need to download the Nintendo Switch Online app (you can grab it here: iOS, Android). Yes, you’ll need two separate devices to play and talk to people online.

Save Data Cloud Backup

If you were to lose your Nintendo Switch and buy a new one, all of your save data would be gone forever. But with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, most of your save data is backed up on Nintendo’s servers.

Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and cool breezes when it comes to Nintendo’s cloud saves. Some games don’t support online save data, and if you let your subscription lapse, you could lose your saves.

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Access to Classic NES Games

PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscribers get free games each month they can download and play on their respective systems. Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will get a similar benefit, but with much older games.

When Nintendo Switch Online launches, subscribers will get access to a selection of 20 classic NES titles. The games will also have added online play, so you won’t need your second player to be in the same room with you. Here’s the launch lineup of NES games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Pro Wrestling
  • River City Ransom
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Soccer
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • Yoshi

Nintendo has also announced what games are coming to the service through the end of the year. In October, we’ll get Solomon’s Key, NES Open, and Super Dodge Ball. November will bring Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and Twinbee. In December, Nintendo will add Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lolo.

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Special Offers

Nintendo will also offer exclusive special deals and offers to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. So far, the company has detailed two of these offers. One is a download code for exclusive in-game Splatoon 2 gear that will be available for anyone with a 12-month membership. The other is the ability to purchase the Switch-compatible NES controllers seen above.

That’s all we know so far about Nintendo Switch Online. Presumably, more information will be available as the release date nears.

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The 20 richest billionaires who own sports teams

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  • Billionaires often make extravagant purchases — like buying their own sports team.
  • CEOWORLD magazine recently ranked the 20 wealthiest owners of major league sports teams around the world.
  • Some billionaire owners own more than one team — like Paul Allen, who owns the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Billionaires have a lot of cash to drop. Some are known to spend it on mansions. Others, private planes and luxury cars. And others still? They just buy their own sports team.

CEOWORLD magazine recently ranked the 20 wealthiest owners of major league sports teams using Forbes’ World’s Billionaires ranking. They found that of the 62 billionaire team owners around the world, their collected net worth is $375 billion. And for some, one team isn’t enough — together, they own 78 teams.

In fact, three among the top five richest billionaire sports team owners own multiple teams, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen among them. Dietrich Mateschitz and Stanley Kroenke own the most teams on the list, with three and four each, respectively. Only one woman makes the list: Marian Ilitch, the cofounder of Little Caesars Pizza.

From football to basketball, here’s a look at the 20 richest owners of major sports league teams.

20. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thailand

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Net worth: $5 billion

Team: Leicester City

Source of wealth: Duty-free, self-made

19. Joe Lewis, United Kingdom

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Net worth: $5.1 billion

Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Source of wealth: Investments, self-made

18. Marian Ilitch, United States

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Net worth: $5.2 billion

Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers

Source of wealth: Little Caesars Pizza, self-made

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Ted Cruz’s latest dig at Beto O’Rourke on Twitter might be his vilest yet


Ted Cruz’s social media team has reached a dark new low.

Right before Senate hopeful Beta O’Rourke’s debate with Cruz last night, where the sitting Senator skirted the question about whether police violence against African-Americans was a problem, Cruz released a seemingly innocuous video on Twitter featuring O’Rourke.

In it, Beto denounces the murder of Botham Jean, who was mysteriously killed in his apartment by an off-duty police officer.

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Ace of Spades: How To Do Cayde’s Will In Destiny 2: Forsaken

If you’ve paid even a little attention to Destiny 2: Forsaken, you probably know that it’s the death of your pal Cayde-6 that kicks off the expansion’s events. Early in the Forsaken campaign, you’ll find Cayde’s Will sitting in the Pursuits tab of your inventory. It’s this item that guides you through the steps required to find and repair the Exo hunter’s exotic hand canon, Ace of Spades.

The Ace of Spades is a powerful weapon that can bring down hordes of enemies in PvE and deliver tons of damage to opponents in the Crucible. It’s definitely worth getting, even though completing the quest steps is no easy task. Here’s a rundown of how to complete each step.

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1. Finish the Forsaken Campaign

The first thing you need to do is to get the Ace of Spades from Uldren Sov, the person responsible for Cayde’s death. To do that, you simply have to finish the Forsaken campaign.

2. Bring the Gun to Banshee-44

If only getting the Ace of Spades were as easy as finishing the campaign. But this is Destiny 2, a game that’s all about the grind. The weapon isn’t in workable condition when you retrieve it from Sov, so now you have to go about fixing it. The first step toward doing that is bringing the broken weapon to Banshee-44, the gunsmith in the Tower.

3. Kill 5 Invaders with a Hand Canon in Gambit

You’ll need to run some errands before Banshee can fix up the Ace of Spaces, starting with killing five invaders with a hand canon in Gambit mode. You’ll want to be careful, because the step’s in-game wording has been causing confusion since the expansion landed. To complete this quest step, you have to play Gambit mode and wait for invaders to come over to your side. When they do, you need to use a hand canon to get the killing shot on them. If you invade the other side and get hand canon kills, they won’t count toward completing this step in Cayde’s Will.

This step is a tough for a number of reasons. For one thing, invaders have an extra layer of shielding, so they require more hits than usual before they die. Invaders also tend to enter your side when they have their super charged or are loaded up with power weapon ammo, making them formidable foes.

The best way to complete this step is to play with a group of people who are willing to help you get your invader kills. They can help whittle down invaders’ health, and then hand off the final blow to you and your hand canon. If you’re playing solo, you can try using more powerful weapons to cut down an invader’s health before switching to a hand canon for the last few shots. Alternately, you can equip hand canons in both your primary and secondary weapon slots so you can switch when you run out of bullets. Really, it takes luck, patience, and skill to complete this step.

4. Kill 250 Enemies in Strikes Using a Hand Canon

This step is pretty straightforward. Just hop into any Strike in the game and use a Hand Canon to blast through all enemies you encounter. You’ll probably have to play through a few Strikes to complete this step, but it doesn’t require much in the way of skill.

5. Get 25 Precision Hand Canon Kills in the Crucible

And now we come to another challenging step in the quest to complete Cayde’s Will. For this one, you can play any Crucible matches you want. All you have to do is get precision kills using a hand canon. That means you’ll have to aim carefully to make sure you’re getting headshots, because body-shot kills don’t count here.

I found Rumble to be a good Crucible mode for this step, because it’s a free-for-all. With no teammates to worry about, every player you encounter is a potential notch toward completing this step. So aim for the head, get the kill, wash, rinse, and repeat.

6. Find Cayde’s Personal Stashes

Before he died, Cayde hid some stashes all around the solar system. You’ll need to travel to Io, Nessus, Tangled Shore, and EDZ to collect all four. The problem is, they’re pretty well hidden. Here’s the general idea where you’ll find them.

  • Io — Land in the Lost Oasis and make your way into the Wraith Mines.
  • Nessus — Land in Exodus Black and head to the Sunken Cavern.
  • EDZ — Land in the Sunken Isles and go to Legion’s Anchor.
  • Tangled Shore — Drop in at Thieves’ Landing and travel to Hellrise Canyon.

If you’re having trouble finding any of the stashes, it helps to watch a YouTube guide like the one above for exact directions.

7. Complete the “Ace in the Hole” Mission

The final step is to head to Titan to complete a new mission called “Ace in the Hole.” The enemy encounters in the mission aren’t too difficult, but you will need to find 10 chests Cayde has hidden in the environment. Thankfully, you’ll get a “Cayde’s Stash Nearby” notification on the left side of your screen anytime you’re near an unopened chest. Find them all, and you can breathe a sigh of relief. The grind is over.

8. Visit Banshee-44 at the Tower

Once you’ve finished the mission, head back to the Tower and talk to Banshee-44. All of your hard work pays off as he hands you a shiny, like-new Ace of Spades hand canon. And if you pre-ordered the game, you should have Cayde’s Stash, which includes a nice red-and-black ornament for the weapon.

Officials keep talking about intervening in Venezuela, and it’s drawing an ominous comparison

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  • Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in taking military action in Venezuela.
  • Experts and officials from around the region have rebuffed such action, with some comparing it to the invasion of Iraq.
  • But others have held out military action, as part of a collective response, as an option of last resort.

President Donald Trump’s unexpected declaration in August 2017 that he was “not going to rule out a military option” in Venezuela earned swift rebuke both inside and outside the US.

But in the year since the US has kept pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, punishing dozens of officials with sanctions but sparing others in a gambit to stoke tensions in Caracas.

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