Many of us are stuck at home right now. Not just because it’s the weekend, but also because literally millions of people across the globe are dealing with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, in several countries, mandatory lockdown/quarantine orders have been put into effect. So, since you have all this newfound time on your hands and you’re reading this news report, then there’s a high chance you must be intending to play some games while hiding away from society at home. Don’t worry, I’m not watching you—it was just a hunch. Anyway, why not spend time getting your Switch hooked up to the interweb that you’re enjoying right now? Nintendo is giving folks a 7-day trial to Switch Online for free—well, technically.
You see, what’s really happening is that Nintendo is offering the trial in exchange for 100 Platinum Points. That’s one of the currencies that is a part of the My Nintendo service. My Nintendo (the successor to Club Nintendo), is Nintendo’s rewards program. Platinum Points are earned in a variety of simple ways, like just by logging into the My Nintendo site on a weekly basis, for example. Chances are, if you’ve had a Nintendo Account for even just a few weeks, you likely already have enough points to qualify for this reward.
Once you redeem the code, you’ll be granted total access to play games that support Nintendo Switch Online. Several titles require it for online multiplayer functionality. Save Data Cloud Backups are also a part of this service, in addition to access to the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System Collections; a curated selection of retro titles that have been made playable on Switch with neat features like online multiplayer and save states.
Be mindful, however. Once you activate this trial, it will automatically convert into a paid monthly membership. It’s only about $4, but if you don’t want that charge to be made to your account, simply turn off the Automatic Renewal feature over in the Nintendo Switch Online section of the eShop.
This offer is available to accounts that currently do not have an active NSO membership. It can be activated at the end of an existing membership, however. Nintendo also doesn’t seem to stop people who may have enjoyed the first-timer free trial in the past. If you haven’t even done that already, then you should, in theory, be able to combine the two. Start your very first totally free trial of NSO, then once it’s done, activate the code from My Nintendo. That way, you’ll essentially end up getting two technically-free weeks of Switch Online membership.
The reward will be available until April 30, 2020.