With the coming launch of Nintendo Switch Online in September, Switch owners’ ability to play online multiplayer is changing soon. Owners will have to pay one of four types of membership fees to access online play in various games. But it seems like free-to-play games will be excluded and will not require a subscription, while others, of course, will.

 If you visit the Nintendo eShop and read the fine print on at the bottom of store pages for certain major titles like Splatoon 2, and Mario Tennis Aces, you will see this text. “Online multiplayer requires a subscription to online service (sold separately) and a network connection. Online multiplayer will be free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in September”.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, are other games whose pages in the Nintendo eShop display the text discussing the required membership as well. However, per reset era user ggx2ac free-to-play games like Paladins, Galak-Z: Variant S, Pokémon Quest, Fortnite among others do not have the text at the bottom of their store pages. It will be interesting to see if this changes once the service goes live.

Currently, subscriptions for Nintendo’s online service are available on Amazon for pre-order. A full-year subscription will cost $19.99, while you can get three months for $7.99. The highest priced membership is for families which costs $34.99 for one year.

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Nick Battaglia
As a gamer with one arm, Nick strives to inform and showcase what it is like to play games from his point-of-view.  While his love for RPG's, fighters, and everything Nintendo is strong, the only thing stronger is his want to become the live-action version of Mega Man. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MercWithOneArm.

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