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.