Though an exact date has yet to be detailed.
Nintendo Switch Online will launch in the second half of September 2018, Nintendo has today advised.
That means the service should arrive in a little over one month, though Nintendo has yet to specify exactly when.
The service, Nintendo’s equivalent to Microsoft’s Xbox Live or Sony’s PlayStation Plus, allows for the following:
- Online play in titles that support it (including the likes of Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Tennis Aces.)
- 20 Nintendo Entertainment System Classics, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda and Dr. Mario. Each titles has newly added online play.
- Save Data Cloud backup.
- Access to the Nintendo Switch smartphone app.
Pricing has been set at $5.95 AUD for one month, $11.95 AUD for three months or $29.95 AUD for a year. A Family Membership costs $54.95 AUD for a year. The service is opt-in only — Nintendo has confirmed that “Nintendo Switch owners will not be automatically charged when the service launches in the second half of September.”
We’ll have more on Nintendo Switch Online — including an actual release date — as it’s known.