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Platform(s): Game Boy Advance, GameCube, New Nintendo 2DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Wii, WiiU, iOS
Genre: Hardware
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: March 2017

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Nintendo Switch Online Service Launches In September, Details & Pricing

by Rainier on Feb. 1, 2018 @ 1:47 a.m. PST

In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose.

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.

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

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

After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online. Currently the free-trial, the paid service, and online play (for applicable modes in compatible games) is available for customers in the select countries. For the latest list of countries, please visit Customer Support.

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

Nintendo Switch Online app

The Nintendo Switch Online smart device app is designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games on the Nintendo Switch console.

Link to compatible games

This app will initially be compatible with the Splatoon™ 2 game. It will give you access to SplatNet 2, where you can see your online battle stats, your gear, and much more. See details here.

Invite friends and voice chat during games

With the app, you can send online play invitations to players on your Nintendo Switch system's friend list. The app also lets you quickly send invites via social networks and messaging services. When you're invited to a game, you'll get notified right away via a push notification on your smart device.

Once players are connected, you can use voice chat openly with friends while in the online lobby and during online play (depending on the game).

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.

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)

Prices listed are in U.S. dollars and do not include tax. Pricing for additional countries will be announced closer to the launch of the service.

Make the most of your Nintendo Switch

The paid service lets you take your gaming up a notch with online multiplayer and exclusive benefits. Standard online features such as system and game updates will be free for all Nintendo Switch users.

Nintendo Switch OnlineSubscribersNon-subscribers
Online gameplayFree until the paid service launches in September 2018
Nintendo Switch Online appFree until the paid service launches in September 2018
Classic Game Selection
(Product name subject to change)
Nintendo eShop deals-
Access to Nintendo eShop
Register and manage Friends
Share screenshots to social media
Access to Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app


To access any of your system's online services, you'll need a Nintendo Account.

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