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UNKNOWN GAMING FACT:

Within the codes of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom, you can find the original “Starman” theme.

Here’s the cool thing: because of the NES and Famicom’s limited sound chip data, they were unable to utilize the full song. Not only that, but the pitch of the version we hear used most often today is actually slightly off! Again, a fault of the sound chip’s limitations. Ripping the song STRAIGHT from a ROM of the game, here’s the FULL STARMAN SONG!

Enjoy!

Nintendo’s Switch Online Service Detailed!

Nintendo has officially detailed plans for their paid online service, which was originally set to launch during Fall 2017. Nintendo has now announced that the service will be delayed until 2018, but that Nintendo Switch owners can continue to enjoy online connections for free until 2018. Outside of use for online gaming, for which it is required, the service will also offer some other features. This is a point worth reiterating, this service will be mandatory for online play. Switch owners hoping to get online with games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Splatoon 2 in the coming year will need to purchase this subscription to continue enjoying their online escapades. 

The Nintendo Switch Online service will work with a smartphone app to handle things such as voice chat and online lobbies. The app will launch in Summer 2017 with limited features, likely to allow for players to take advantage of this feature with upcoming games like Splatoon 2. In 2018, Nintendo Switch owners can expect access to a compilation of classic Nintendo titles with newly added online multiplayer capability (titles listed include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario). UPDATE (6/1/2017 7:45 PST): It has been confirmed that players will retain access to the Classic Game Selection as long as they have a current subscription to the service. (Source)

Other incentives include special eShop deals for subscribers on select digital games and content. It will be interesting to see the kinds of deals on offer, however, Nintendo has not yet disclosed any further information regarding this part of the subscription.

Perhaps the most important detail given today is the price for the service. Nintendo Switch owners can get their subscription to the new service for $3.99 USD per month, and only $19.99 USD for an entire year.  It is worth mentioning that this service only applies to Nintendo Switch and will not impact the online capability of devices such as Nintendo’s Wii U or 3DS systems and having the service will in no way apply to these devices. 

So that’s everything we know for now! While it may be a smaller service than something along the lines of PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live, the Nintendo Switch Online service will bring some cool features and online connectivity for a relatively low annual price.