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Here’s when Nintendo Switch Online will launch

by Brandon Russell | February 1, 2018February 1, 2018 7:00 am PST

Nintendo on Wednesday confirmed its online service for the Switch, officially named Nintendo Switch Online, will launch in September 2018.

Originally slated to hit last year, the new service will cost $19.99 for a 12-month subscription, offering access to online functionality and a Classic Games Selection, which will include titles like Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.

Here’s Nintendo’s official description:

This paid service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions in compatible games.

Nintendo said users will be able to play compatible co-op and competitive online games for free until Nintendo Switch Online launches. That means games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will soon require a subscription for online functionality.

Not many other details about the upcoming service are known beyond what’s already been revealed. In addition to an annual subscription, Nintendo will also offer a one-month membership and three-month membership, which will go for $3.99 and $7.99, respectively.

More details are expected before the service’s official launch later this year.


Brandon Russell

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