Since Nintendo’s paid online services was first mentioned, very little has been said about it, until now.


Both Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK have come along and blown the entire thing out of the woodwork, as they have shared virtually everything we could possibly want to know about the service, including prices. So if you’ll permit us, here is everything that Nintendo had to say about Nintendo Switch Online:

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Nintendo Switch Online:

 With this paid service, you can enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smart device app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions. Check back for more details on the service before the official launch.



Free Until 2018:


Online play on Nintendo Switch:

You’ll be able to play co-operative and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play will be available for free until the membership service launches in 2018.


*Please note: in general, usage of this service is required to play online on Nintendo Switch (exceptions may apply). This service is only for Nintendo Switch, and is not required to play online on Nintendo 3DS family systems or Wii U.



Launching 2018:


Online lobby and voice chat:

A dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games – all from your smart device. A free, pre-release version of this smart device app will be available in summer 2017.


Classic Game Selection*

Members will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. *Name subject to change.

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Exclusive promotions:

Members may receive special member-only price promotions for certain products in Nintendo eShop.


Pricing (Europe and the United States of America):

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Enjoy online services for free until the membership service’s official launch in 2018

The paid service lets you play online and enjoy exclusive benefits. Standard online features such as system and game updates will be free for all Nintendo Switch users. To access any of your system’s online services, you’ll need a Nintendo Account. You can create a Nintendo Account now so you’ll be ready when Nintendo Switch launches.


Online Services:


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Only Kotaku wasn’t going to leave the story there, so they reached out to Nintendo America, to further enquire about the Classic Game Selection and in reply Nintendo had this to say:

“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to play a wide variety of classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. More games will be announced at a later date. At launch the classic game library will include NES games. Super NES games continue to be under consideration, but we have nothing further to announce at this time.”


This does of course conclude today’s news on this and I’m not sure about you, but not only is this online service going to be easily affordable, but it will have plenty of perks too. So I for one am all for it, how about you?


Source: Nintendo of America & Kotaku

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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