Nintendo Switch online service includes free classic games

Switch will be the first Nintendo console to feature paid online services.


AJ Moser

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 13, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 5:15 am CDT

Following Thursday night’s Nintendo Switch presentation, the console’s official website was updated with plenty of brand new information. In addition to the system’s price and release date, players learned that Switch will share a feature with Xbox One and PlayStation 4: paid online multiplayer. 

The Wii and Wii U offered this capability for free, but with remarkably weaker services than other consoles. No pricing was given for Nintendo’s online service, but owners will get a chance to try it out for free starting at launch. 

Games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will make use of the online co-op features, as well as lobbies and voice chat. However, subscribers can also take advantage of exclusive deals and free monthly game downloads, including NES or SNES titles that will feature online play as well. The full list of services subscribers can take advantage of is below.

You will need a Nintendo Account to take advantage of these services, as well as a dedicated smartphone app. The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 for $299.99. You can find pre-order information here

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*First Published: Jan 13, 2017, 11:03 am CST