Nintendo Switch Online Service Coming in September, Pricing and New Details Revealed

Nintendo has revealed information about the Nintendo Switch Online Service, including its pricing, release date and the selection of classic games available for subscribers.

The company did not provide an exact release date for the Nintendo Switch Online Service, but announced the feature will be available in September. Nintendo may provide further details during E3 2018 in June, but here's what we know so far.

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The Nintendo Switch Online Service will be available in September Nintendo


The Nintendo Switch Online Service, like other console online subscriptions, will give players options for the duration of their membership. The prices for the online service were revealed back in June 2017, but Nintendo has now added a new tier. Here are the various membership options currently available:

  • One month: $3.99
  • Three months: $7.99
  • 12 months: $19.99
  • Family membership (12 months): $34.99

With a family membership, up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to use the Nintendo Switch Online service, even on different systems.


One major perk of purchasing a membership for the Nintendo Switch Online Service is access to classic NES games on the hybrid console. The collection will include 20 titles at launch, twith more games to beadded on a regular basis.

Here are the confirmed titles that will be available at launch:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Dr. Mario
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Donkey Kong
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tennis

There will be 10 more games announced in the future, but for the first time some of these NES titles will have online capabilities, including online competitions or co-op multiplayer. Friends will be able to watch each other play single-player games online and "pass the controller" at any time. All NES games will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.

Subscribers will be able to back up Nintendo Switch Save Data using a new cloud service. Most Nintendo Switch games will be stored online for easy access. This is great for people who want to retrieve their data if they lose, break or purchase an additional Nintendo Switch system.

The Nintendo Switch Online Service is currently free for users but when it launches in September, players will need to sign up for a membership to play certain games online like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido.

So what do you think of the new information revealed for the Nintendo Switch Online Service? Let us know in the comments section below.