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Nintendo Switch Online details revealed – $20 a year, free until 2018, more

Posted on June 1, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Brand new details have just been revealed for Switch’s paid online service, now known as Nintendo Switch Online.

The highlight of today’s news concerns pricing. You’ll need to fork over $20 a year, $4 a month, or $8 for three months. The service will now be free until 2018.

Switch players who subscribe will be able to participate in online multiplayer gaming and use a dedicated smartphone app for online play sessions. Classics with added online play are reconfirmed, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario. eShop discounts will be offered, too.

Get the full lowdown on Nintendo Switch Online below.

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.

Check back for more details on the service before the official launch.

Free until 2018

You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until our paid online service launches in 2018.

After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online.

This service is only for Nintendo Switch. It does not affect online play or features for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Coming in 2018

Online lobby and voice chat

Our new 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, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.

Classic Game Selection*

Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.

*Product name subject to change.

Nintendo eShop deals

Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content.


1-Month Membership
$3.99 (USD)

3-Month Membership
$7.99 (USD)

12-Month Membership
$19.99 (USD)

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



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