Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online is the new online service for the Nintendo Switch. You will need a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online in order to play games like Mario Kart and Splatoon online.

EditNintendo Switch Online Start Date

Nintendo Switch Online will be available starting September 18, 2018. You can start with a 7-day trial period.

EditNintendo Switch Online Features

  • Online Play with multiplayer games like Minecraft, Mario Kart, and more.

    See the list of Free Switch Online Games.

  • Access to Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games with online play – See the List of Nintendo Switch Online NES Games.
  • Cloud Saves(some games, like Splatoon 2 and Pokemon: Let’s Go!, are not compatible with cloud saves) – Note: “Save data stored via the Save Data Cloud backup is available for as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.”
  • Special Offers – These can include in-game items like shirts in Splatoon 2 and exclusive access to merchandise, like these Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers
  • Smartphone App (voice chat)

EditNintendo Switch Online Price

The cost of the service depends on which subscription you purchase.

These subscriptions will automatically renew at the end of the subscription period unless you turn them off. You must change this setting at least 48-hours before the end of your current subscription period to avoid automatic renewal.

EditHow to Get Nintendo Switch Online

To access Nintendo Switch Online, and the free 7-day trial, you can:

EditNintendo Switch Online Limitations & Fine Print

  • It seems as though cloud saves will be deleted immediately if there’s a lapse in the subscription. Make sure to also save data locally, and use cloud saves only as a back-up.
  • For multiple Nintendo Accounts on the same console, you will need a Family Membership.
  • You will be able to log into multiple Nintendo Switches with your Nintendo Switch account even without an Online Subscription.

    On Nintendo Switches that are not your primary console, you can play your digital games as long you retain an internet connection.

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