Earlier this year, Nintendo announced the Switch Online service will be launching this September. Now, the company has narrowed down the launch to a specific portion of the month.
According to a recent tweet from Nintendo of America, the paid service will be arriving “in the second half of September.”
#NintendoSwitchOnline will launch in the second half of September. The service provides access to online play & Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games and a growing library of NES titles with added online play.https://t.co/74Hzxk9spt pic.twitter.com/JtNgmjnilE
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 10, 2018
Once the subscription launches, the online functionalities of many Switch games will be locked behind the service. Games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft, and Mario Tennis Aces will require Switch Online to enjoy online multiplayer and more. It was recently discovered that Nintendo might be omitting most free-to-play games from the transition, though, such as Epic Games’ Fortnite and Pokémon Quest.
Along with the online features, subscribers will also have the ability to back up save data to a cloud, as well as gain access to a library of NES games with online play. There will be 20 games available at launch, including Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and more.
Switch Online will come in three price packages: $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a full year. A family plan will also be available, giving eight different users access to the service for $34.99 for 12 months.
Source: Nintendo of America on Twitter