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Nintendo has announced its long-awaited Nintendo Switch Online service will launch next week on September 18th.

The official page for the service lists its capabilities, like online play, 20 NES games with online capabilities, save data cloud backup, special offers, and the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Nintendo Switch owners will be required to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to continue playing Switch games online.

Nintendo’s official Twitter account has also revealed that more information about Nintendo Switch Online will be detailed during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct.

Additionally, players will be able to sign-up for a seven-day free trial of the service on launch day.



Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido are among a few of the games listed as compatible with Nintendo Switch Online.

The site also lists Soccer, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3 as among the 20 NES games that will be available at launch, with “new games added regularly.”

This leaves 10 NES games yet to be revealed.

The Nintendo Switch Online service will be available in four different plans: individual memberships for one, three, and 12 months at $3.99 USD, $7.99 USD, and $19.99 USD, respectively, and a “Family Membership” for 12 months for $34.99 USD.

Stay plugged in to Nintendo Wire for more Nintendo Switch Online news as it breaks!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.