Nintendo Switch Online service launches September 18

13 September, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo announced on Wednesday that Nintendo Switch Online will launch in just less than a week, on Saturday, Sept. 18. Otherwise, the announcement has no other information regarding details for the Nintendo Switch's new paid online gameplay service, particularly availability worldwide.

Will you be signing up for Switch Online once it debuts on September 18th? Nintendo is sweetening the pot by throwing in a library of NES games that you can play with your membership, and some of these games have been updated to be playable online with friends.

You'll be able to play Super Mario Bros.


"Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action", Nintendo said earlier this year. Not all games will support this feature, but it's a relief to see Nintendo add a feature that should have been ready at launch.

Why it matters: Nintendo is late to the online party and while it might not be as feature-packed as the competition, at least that is reflected in its price point.

Nintendo Switch owners will not be automatically charged when the service launches in the second half of September, the company confirmed last month. There's also a family membership option which costs $34.99 per year and allows up to 8 accounts to be connected. Previously, playing online was free, but once Switch Online debuts, everyone will need to pay to play online.

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