Paid membership service launching September 2018
Free trial until launch

With this paid service, you can enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smart device app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions.

Check back for more details on the service before the official launch.

This service is available for free until its official launch in September 2018.

Nintendo Switch Online

Free until September 2018

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 membership service launches in September 2018.

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.

Launched 21/07/2017

A dedicated app for smart devices

App Store Play Store

The Nintendo Switch Online smart device app is designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games on Nintendo Switch.
This app launched alongside Splatoon 2, in advance of the official start of the Nintendo Switch Online service in September 2018.

Available for free until September 2018
Switch Online
Link to compatible games

The app will work with compatible games in different ways. In Splatoon 2, for example, it will give you access to SplatNet 2, where you can see your online battle stats, your gear, and much more. See details here.

Invite friends and voice chat during games

With the app, you can use your smart device to send online play invitations to players on your Nintendo Switch's friend list and voice chat with them. The app also lets you quickly send invites via social networks and messaging services. When you’re invited to a game, you’ll be notified right away via a push notification on your smart device.

A compatible smart device and internet connection required to use the Nintendo Switch Online app. Data charges may apply.

A Nintendo Account is required to use the service. The service cannot be used by account users who are under 13 years old. To set restrictions for the Nintendo Switch Online app, please refer to your smart device settings. The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app does not include settings for this app.

Launching September 2018

Classic Game Selection*

Members will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.

*Name subject to change.

Classic games!
Super Mario Bros. 3
Balloon Fight
Dr. Mario

Please stay tuned for information about other titles.

Exclusive promotions

Members may receive special member-only price promotions for certain products in Nintendo eShop.


(30 days)


(90 days)


(365 days)


All prices VAT inclusive.
Please note: prices in other currencies will be announced at a later date.

Enjoy online services for free until the membership service’s official launch in September 2018

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 members Non-members
Online play*
Online play* Free trial until Sept 2018
Nintendo Switch Online app
Nintendo Switch Online app Free trial until Sept 2018
Classic Game Selection
Classic Game Selection
Member-only exclusive price promotions
Member-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 (**)
  • * With some exceptions, usage of this service is required to play online on Nintendo Switch.
  • ** A Nintendo Account is required to take advantage of this service.