The Nintendo Switch's Online Service Arrives Late Next Month

The Nintendo Switch's Online Service Arrives Late Next Month

Nintendo still doesn't have a solid launch date for the Switch Online service, but the company has narrowed it down a bit.

Many Nintendo Switch players have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the online service as a way to expand the playable horizons even more for the hybrid console.

When Nintendo Switch Online launches "in the second half of September", Switch users can subscribe for benefits like Save Data Cloud backup, which, as its name implies, will allow users to save game data online rather than locally to their device.

In the year since its launch, there has been no shortage of fantastic games coming, from huge first-party games like Mario and Splatoon to indie darlings like Owlboy and Celeste. 3 will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros. and Tennis. It's been a long time coming, but now Switch owners just have a month and change left to wait until they can start paying to play games online.

Additional details, such as an exact date for the service's launch and the other 10 Nintendo Entertainment System games to be included with the subscription, are to be revealed sometime in the next few weeks.

Nintendo first began discussing the online service back in January 2017 - two months before the console launched. This includes titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and ARMS. For an individual player, this feature will fun about 4 bucks a month, though a three month and twelve month option is also available.

Nintendo Switch Online App*: The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application can be used to enhance the online experience for compatible games through voice chat and other features.