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Nintendo Switch Online is the Nintendo Switch online subscription service. It was free until September 18, 2018 where it had to be paid for via a subscription service.


Online Gameplay

To play any of the paid games online, Nintendo Switch owners need to be subscribed to the service. Free-to-Play games like Fortnite will not require the subscription.

Phone App

The Nintendo Switch Online's online play is organized through a smart device application released in Summer 2017. The application will let the player invite friends to play online, set appointments and chat with friends during games with compatible games. The compatible games are:

Cloud Saving

Players will be able to get cloud saving for compatible games. The cloud saves will automatically uploaded to cloud services on a regular basis and require no input from the user. Saves can be transferred to other Switches. Leaderboards and other online stats are the only things not included in the cloud saves.

So far, only a limited number of games exclude Cloud Saving including Splatoon 2 and Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

Exclusive Content

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers get access to a couple of exclusives offers.

  • Nintendo Entertainment System Online
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System Online
  • Tetris 99
  • Ability to purchase the Nintendo Entertainment System Joy-Con pair
  • Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

Nintendo Entertainment System Online

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers get access to a selection of classic games to play online. This collection of games does not cycle out games and subscribers can play as many games as they want from this selection. At launch, there was only support for Nintendo Entertainment System games and 20 games launched with the service. The games support online multiplayer including an option for a second player to watch and give hints via a cursor. As of April 10th 2019, there are 37 unique games available in North America on the service.

List of NES games available
Games Release date
Balloon Fight On Launch

September 19, 2018

Donkey Kong
Double Dragon
Dr. Mario
Ghosts'n Goblins
Ice Climber
The Legend of Zelda
Mario Bros.
Pro Wrestling
River City Ransom
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda SP October 10, 2018
NES Open Tournament Golf
Solomon's Key
Super Dodge Ball
Gradius SP November 14, 2018
Mighty Bomb Jack
Adventures of Lolo December 12, 2018
Dr. Mario SP
Metroid SP
Ninja Gaiden
Wario's Woods
Blaster Master January 16, 2019
Joy Mech Fight (only in Japan)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Ghosts'n Goblins SP
Ninja Gaiden SP
Super Mario Bros. 2 February 13, 2019
Kirby's Adventure
Tsuppari Oozumou (only in Japan)
Kid Icarus March 13, 2019
Fire Emblem (only in Japan)
Yie Ar KUNG-FU (only in Japan)
Kirby's Adventure SP
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link SP
Punch-Out!! April 10, 2019
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Star Soldier


The pricing for each region is displayed in the table below. The subscription can be paid using the eShop balance. The family plan will allow the user to pay for 8 accounts' access to Nintendo Switch Online, even across devices.

Country 1 month 3 months 1 year Family
US $3.99 $7.99 $19.99 $34.99
Canada $4.99 $9.99 $24.99 $44.99
Japan ¥300 ¥800 ¥2400 ¥4500
Europe 3.99€ 7.99€ 19.99€ 34.99€
UK £3.49 £6.99 £17.99 £31.49
Australia $5.95 $11.95 $29.95 $54.99


On September 11, 2017, Version 1.1.0 was released. The update mainly fixed voice chat so that, it can used while the phone is multitasking and during sleep mode.


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