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GOING ONLINE
Nintendo has always lagged behind its
competition in the online arena. With
little formal infrastructure and a frustrating friend-code system, no Nintendo
console has ever been the first choice of
a gamer wanting to play online.
That is poised to change this September when the company introduces
its new online service. Priced at just
$19.99 per year, Nintendo Switch Online
will offer a dedicated app to get online
and compete
with your friends
in supported
games, including previous releases like
ARMS and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Nintendo
promises an intuitive, easy-to-use
service for enjoying your favorite games
with friends no matter where they are.
Additionally, subscribers can look
forward to playing online-enabled
NES games for the first time, as well as
enjoying cloud-based backups for their
game saves and as-yet-unannounced
special offers.
And don't worry: It'll kick off in time
for the release of Super Smash Bros.
Ultimate this December.

forth from the Mushroom Kingdom before
(he's been to space, for goodness' sake) this is
the first time players have gotten a good look
at how much variety his world has to offer.
It also gave the designers free rein to play
with art styles, enemy types and environments
like never before. Instead of regular powerups
like mushrooms and fire flowers, Mario travels
with a companion named Cappy, a sentient
hat that gives our hero numerous abilities
derived from enemies and objects populating
the game world.
And instead of merely allowing the player
to continue after the main quest is beaten,
Odyssey opens up a massive amount of new
content, encouraging both casual fans and
completionists alike to keep playing. With
surprises around every corner, Super Mario

Odyssey epitomizes what makes the Switch
such a joy to play. You'll think you know what
to expect when setting out, yet it offers surprises around every corner.
The Switch is poised to continue its systemselling domination in 2018 and beyond. While
Nintendo keeps upcoming titles under lock
and key, we do know games like Fire Emblem:
Three Houses and Metroid Prime 4 remain under
development, bringing more big franchises
back on Nintendo's primary console.
Still, you can bet there are more Mario
games in the works too. It seems the company has listened to what the fans want, and
pivoted its development efforts to keep those
hits coming. The only question remaining
might be where Mario's next adventure will
take us.

Super Mario
Odyssey
epitomizes what
makes the Switch
such a joy to play.

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