You’ll need to PAY to play Nintendo Switch online from next week

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

At launch, there are quite a few NES titles being brought forward, with many more promised down the line.

It's been a long time coming, but the Nintendo Switch Online release date is finally here.

Switch Online will launch on September 18 2018 and cost £18 ($20) for an annual subscription, or £3.49 ($3.99) for a month.

Along with the abilitiy to play multiplayer games online, subscribers will get access to a range of classic NES games updated to include online multiplayer. When it releases the service will be required for online play, mneaning titles like Mario Tennis Aces you can now play for free will then require a subscription. If you don't want to commit just yet, either, we've also included info about the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online free trial and how to sign up, should you want to dip your toes in the water.

The Nintendo Switch Online Service has several options for pricing.

"The vast majority of Nintendo Switch games will support cloud backup".

The special offers section of Nintendo's Switch Online site confirms the dual pack of controllers can only be bought by those with an Online membership, with a limit of one purchase per account. However, in certain games, this function would allow, for example, to recover objects that had been exchanged with other players, or to recover an online classification that had been lost.

'Nintendo: "The Switch has subscription-based online".

Look for full details following tomorrow' Nintendo Direct!

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