Nin­ten­do Switch Online Becomes Paid and Gets NES Games in 2018


The launch of the paid Nintendo Switch online service, which enables users to play compatible co-op multiplayer games online, has been delayed to early 2018 but the good news is that users can use Nintendo’s online service for free till then.

Nintendo Switch Online

Other than that, the service will not only come with recent releases but also several of the classic NES games.

The Nintendo Switch online service will be launched for $19.99 per year, which is way less than what Sony and Microsoft are charging for the yearly subscription of their Playstation Plus and Xbox Gold membership.

Switch users also have the option of taking up the $3.99 monthly or #7.99 quarterly subscription.

While Nintendo had promised the Online service by Fall 2017, they’ve failed to deliver on that promise — in whole, that is — but are releasing few features of the paid online version to the current one.

“You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play will be free for Nintendo account holders until our paid online service launches in 2018,” the company states.

Another great news for gamers is the addition of several NES classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr Mario.


Subscribers to the Nintendo Switch Online service will receive the following features:

  • Online gameplay
  • Online lobby and voice chat app
  • Classic game selection
  • Nintendo eShop deals

There seems to have been another change in the company’s plans for the new features. Earlier, Nintendo had stated that players will only be able to access one classic game in a month after which the game will expire and can only be accessed if purchased.

But now, as long as a user is subscribed to the Online service, all the classic and online-boosted games will be available to the user as long as his subscription stays active.

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