Nintendo Support

Can I play Nintendo Switch games online without subscribing to the service?

Beginning September 19, 2018, a Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to participate in co-op and competitive online features for many first- and third-party Nintendo Switch games, including Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Some games, such as Fortnite, can be played online without a Nintendo Switch membership.

Additionally, Nintendo eShop, friend registration and management, sharing screen shots and video over social networks, parental controls, game software and system software updates, game news, and other service functionality will be available without becoming a Nintendo Switch Online member.

Still need assistance?

Chat to our Customer Service Team