Nintendo Switch online service
Paid subscription service launching spring 2017
Free trial starts in March

You can enjoy online multiplayer gaming and a dedicated smart device app that connect to your Nintendo Switch system with a new subscription service.

Check back for more details on the service after Nintendo Switch launches.

Available for free until spring 2017

Nintendo Switch online service

Available in March

Online play on Nintendo Switch

You'll be able to play co-operative and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play will be available for free until the subscription service launches in spring 2017.

Please note: in general, usage of this service is required to play online on Nintendo Switch (exceptions may apply). This service is only for Nintendo Switch, and is not required to play online on Nintendo 3DS family systems or Wii U.

Available for free until spring 2017

Planned for spring 2017

Online lobby and voice chat

A dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games - all from your smart device.
Before its official launch in spring 2017, a free, limited version of this smart device app will be available in winter 2017.

Monthly game download

Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System or Super Nintendo Entertainment System game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.

Exclusive promotions

Subscribers may receive special subscriber-only price promotions for certain products in Nintendo eShop.

Enjoy online services for free until the subscription service's official launch in spring 2017

The paid service lets you play online and enjoy exclusive benefits. Standard online features such as system and game updates will be free for all Nintendo Switch users.

To access any of your system's online services, you'll need a Nintendo Account. You can create a Nintendo Account now so you'll be ready when Nintendo Switch launches.

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Online services list

Feature: Online service subscribers Non-subscribers
Online play*
Online play* Free trial until spring 2017
Smart device app for online lobbies and voice chat
Smart device app for online lobbies and voice chat
Monthly game download
Monthly game download
Subscriber-only exclusive price promotions
Subscriber-only exclusive price promotions
Nintendo Switch system updates
Nintendo Switch system updates
Software updates
Software updates
Access to Nintendo eShop
Access to Nintendo eShop (**)
Register and manage friends
Register and manage friends (**)
Share screenshot images on social networks
Share screenshot images on social networks (**)
Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smart device app
Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smart device app (**)