Nintendo Switch Online Service Details Revealed

Nintendo Switch Online will launch in 2018

It's official -- we'll be getting online capabilities for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Nintendo just released details about its paid service and the compatible smart device app.

Let's dive in.

The Nintendo Switch Online service is indeed a paid service. So users will have to pay a monthly subscription fee to enjoy the benefits of this new system. The pricing will be as follows:

  • 1-Month Membership: $3.99 USD
  • 3-Month Membership: $7.99 USD
  • 12-Month Membership: $19.99 USD

Subscribers will also have the chance to download classic Nintendo games with added online play. Some of the titles include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.

Also launching in 2018 is a dedicated smart device app that will allow users to invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and engage in voice chat during online matches (for compatible games). Users will have access to a free version of this app in Summer 2017.

Online gameplay will be free until the paid service launches in 2018. Subscribers will have access to the following:

  • Online gameplay
  • Online Lobby & Voice Chat app
  • Classic Game Selection
  • Nintendo eShop deals

The following features will be available to both paid subscribers and non-subscribers:

  • Access to Nintendo eShop
  • Register and manage friends
  • Share screenshots to social media
  • Access to Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App

This will be Nintendo's first-ever paid online service. Playing online on the Nintendo Switch is free until 2018. Users will be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing into their Nintendo Account. After this trial ends, players will be required to purchase a subscription in order to play online. Keep in mind, this service is only for the Nintendo Switch and will not effect the 3DS or Wii U.

With E3 just around the corner, stay tuned for more updates on Nintendo!

Published Jun. 2nd 2017

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