The start date for the online service was presumably going to be announced last week during the planned Nintendo Direct, but the presentation was cancelled following a major quake in Japan.
A year and a half after launching, the Nintendo Switch is finally getting an official online service.
In addition to the ability to play online games with friends, which had previously been free, subscribers will gain access to 20 NES games at launch, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros. 3. At this point, there aren't a ton of games that will require a Switch Online subscription, simply due to the fact that there aren't many that have an online multiplayer component.
By this point, it seems we know pretty much everything we need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, save for one key detail: its release date. There's also a family membership option which costs $34.99 per year and allows up to 8 accounts to be connected.
It should be noted that after installing the update, you will no longer be able to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Switch user account.
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