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Nintendo Switch Online service launches September 18

By Shawn Knight · 4 replies
Sep 12, 2018
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  1. Nintendo’s long-awaited online service finally has a launch date. The Japanese gaming giant confirmed on Wednesday that Nintendo Switch Online will go live on September 18 at which time you’ll be able to sign up for a free seven-day trial membership.

    Nintendo’s answer to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live will cost $3.99 per month after the free trial. You can save a few bucks by opting for a three-month membership for $7.99 or a 12-month subscription for $19.99. Additionally, a 12-month family plan will be available for $34.99 which lets a Nintendo account holder invite up to seven others to join their group and all will have access to Nintendo Switch Online.

    Memberships can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop or through Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop.

    In addition to facilitating online play, Nintendo Switch Online will include access to 20 NES games with online multiplayer components including The Legend of Zelda, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3. There will also be cloud-based saves. More details on the service are expected during Nintendo’s rescheduled Direct event which takes place on September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. You can stream the event live on the Internet over on Nintendo’s website.

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  2. NightAntilli

    NightAntilli TS Maniac Posts: 300   +222

    Meh... Needs a bit more. Include Pokemon Bank for example.
  3. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 529   +256

    SNES classics too please?
  4. Qrox

    Qrox TS Booster Posts: 70   +30

    Maybe if we are lucky they will next year when the main Pokemon game comes out for the Switch.
  5. thews86

    thews86 TS Booster Posts: 42   +42

    Microsoft definitely started a horrible trend, now all the consoles have this online subscription BS. Whats next, a Windows monthly subscription to access the internet (even though you pay your ISP for that)? If I could get as good of a gaming experience on Ubuntu, I would definitely switch (no pun intended). I really did want to like the Switch, Nintendo has been making that hard for me.

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