Nintendo Switch Online Service Detailed, Will Be Free Until 2018

By Mike Sousa on June 3, 2017, 4:27PM EDT

Nintendo has revealed new details on Nintendo Switch Online, the paid service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming, among other features. The company also confirmed that online play will be available for free until next year.

Here's what the service will offer once it launches next year.

Online Play on Nintendo Switch
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.

After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online.

Online lobby and voice chat
Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device.

A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.

Classic Game Selection
Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.

Nintendo eShop deals
Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content.

Nintendo Switch Online will be available for $19.99 a year. If you prefer shorter time commitments, you can subscribe for $3.99 per month or $7.99 for three months.

Source: Nintendo

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