Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Nintendo Direct Rescheduled, Switch Online Launches September 18

Nintendo Direct Rescheduled, Switch Online Launches September 18

The days of free online play are ending for Nintendo Switch, as their paid-for service is scheduled to go live on Wednesday, September 19.

The premium service was originally slated to arrive in late 2017, but was eventually pushed back by nearly a year.

Nintendo's also teasing "20 NES games with added online play for the first time ever" as soon as the service debuts, but so far hasn't indicated which titles we'll be getting first.

Stay tuned! We'll be watching the Nintendo Direct live, and breaking down every announcement and reveal as they happen.

The news comes immediately after the confirmation that the recently delayed Nintendo Direct has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday 13th September. Today, Nintendo detailed the firmware update that's coming along with the Switch Online launch, and it's making some changes that Switch owners should definitely know about. Nintendo Switch Online, as it's called, will be launching on September 18, and beginning on that date, you'll need to pay a subscription fee in order to play games online. A family plan serving up to eight Nintendo accounts will be priced at $34.99/€34.99 for twelve months.

Nintendo Switch Online will also give subscribers the ability to back up their save data in the cloud.

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