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This is what the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service offers

Nintendo Switch Online, the gaming subscription for Switch players, offers a lot of content. Everything you need to know about price, games and features.

In summer 2018, a good year after the launch of the Nintendo Switch, the paid subscription service Nintendo Switch Online was launched. Players with a subscription get additional content and features. Thus, the service is more or less a counterpart to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. However, the most important feature is probably the online access, which makes playing with friends possible and is necessary for some game functions.

This is how much Nintendo Switch Online costs

The single subscription is available at a price of 19.99 euros annually. Those who prefer a shorter notice period can choose between two other models: Three months for 7.99 euros or just one month for 3.99 euros. The expansion pack with – among other things – additional titles is only available in the annual version for 39.99 Euros per year.

However, if there are several Switch players in the family, you can also sign up for a family membership. Up to eight accounts are possible. This model is also only available for a full year for 34.99 euros – 69.99 euros with expansion pack.

The functions of Nintendo Switch Online

Play multiplayer

Nintendo Switch Online is needed primarily to be able to gamble online with other players. Without the subscription, you’re usually stuck with single-player or, at most, local multiplayer. Switch Online is therefore recommended for games like “Tetris 99” or “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”. Then, for example, you can visit a friend’s island at any time.

Also interesting: You should have seen these Animal Crossing islands!

Game progress saved in the cloud

If you have a Nintendo Switch online subscription, you can save your game data online in the cloud. Game progress is then automatically saved to Nintendo’s online storage when the Internet connection is active. Nintendo solves the problem that saves cannot be transferred to new consoles – or are irrecoverably lost if the console is lost or defective. Only one save game can be saved per player and title, and some titles do not support the save data cloud.

Voice chats via smartphone app

Those who like to interact acoustically with others while playing also need a Nintendo Switch online membership. However, not all games support this feature. In addition to the subscription and a Nintendo Switch, you also need the corresponding app on a suitable device such as a smartphone to run it. There, you can log in with your Switch online data.

Exclusive products

For subscribers, there is also a genuine retro controller from Nintendo. You can then order this in the Nintendo eShop and choose between NES and SNES style ((Super) Nintendo Entertainment System). The SNES version is available for 29.99 euros, and those who want the NES look have to pay 59.99 euros, but also get a 2-pack for it.

There are also so-called Nintendo Switch Game Coupons: two of them cost 99 euros and are valid for exactly one year. This is especially worthwhile for big titles like “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” or “Pokémon”, which regularly cost upwards of 60 Euros. Nintendo Switch Online members can save 20 euros and more and even recoup the subscription price if necessary.

Nintendo Switch Online Games

Basically, a Switch online account is required for all co-op and online multiplayer games. The only exception are free-to-play games like Fortnite. Well-known titles that require a subscription to be played to their full potential are:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Dark Souls Remastered
  • Diablo 3: Eternal Collection
  • FIFA 21
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Minecraft
  • Nintendo Switch Sports
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  • Splatoon 2

Some DLCs, such as “Happy Home Paradise” from “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”, are also available for free on Nintendo Switch Online. However, if you cancel your subscription, you will lose access.

You also get access to various old (S)NES classics with the membership. Here is a selection:

  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Brawl Brothers
  • Claymates
  • Dinkey Kong
  • Dr. Mario
  • Gradius
  • Jelly Boy
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Star Fox
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

The expansion pack

The aforementioned expansion pack naturally includes all the content and benefits of the normal membership. In addition, players get access to a growing collection of old classics for Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive. Games included so far include:

  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Lylat Wars
  • Yoshi’s Story

There is also a wireless Nintendo 64 controller for subscribers, but it costs an additional 49.99 euros.


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