The Nintendo Switch's Online Service Arrives Late Next Month

By Tom Pritchard on at

We've been waiting for Nintendo to launch its online service for the Switch for a while now, along with any perks it has beyond simply being allowed to play online. We got some details, including the tentative September release date, back in February, but now Nintendo has given us even more ideas on what to expect.

While we don't have an exact date for the launch, Nintendo has narrowed the window down to the second half of September. That means it's going be between five and seven weeks before we get to enjoy all the extras that come with the subscription. Extras that have been confirmed to include online play, cloud back-ups and save files for compatible games, and access to classic NES games with new online feature. So far Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight, Soccer, Tennis, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Donkey Kong are confirmed for launch - alongside 10 still unannounced titles.

Subscribers will also be able to use Nintendo Switch mobile app features to "enhance their online experience" and receive special offers. There aren't really any details of what those features might be, but since Splatoon 2's online chat is already routed through the app anything new will probably be along the same lines.

If you haven't heard already, the Switch Online price is going to be significantly less than Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus. It's £18 for a full 12 month subscription, or alternatively you can pay £4 for a single month and £7 for three months. Family memberships are also available, costing £31.49 a year, and letting up to eight accounts access the service.