Nintendo Switch Online is the fee-based abode service for Nintendo s hybrid console. Nintendo Switch summarizes for you how much the service costs what you get for it and how it works.

All information from the article at a glance :

These advantages offers you Nintendo Switch Online
What does Nintendo Switch online costs?
What games need Nintendo Switch online?
Free games in the subscription
All NES classics
All SNES classics
All N64 classics
All Mega Drive Classics
Are there any more classics?
Time-limited game trials
Cloud Saves
Nintendo Switch online app for smartphones
Exclusive Offers & Discounts

Update in September 2021: In the new Nintendo Direct in September 2021, an expansion pass for Nintendo Switch online was announced. For an extra charge you get so N64 and Mega Drive games.

These advantages offers you Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online basically offers the following features :

The service is a prerequisite for most online and multiplayer games (free-to-play games are exempted from it)
You can back up memory levels in the cloud
You have access to selected NES & SNES classics for the switch
With an extra charge you get an expansion passport with N64 and Mega Drive classics
Exclusive Free Games (Tetris 99, Pac-Man 99)
The smartphone app allows voice chat
There are exclusive offers for subscribers
Time-limited Game Trials allow free access to Nintendo Switch Games

How much does Nintendo Switch online? Subscription price overview

For the subscription service there are different basic memberships:

1 month : 3,99 Euro
3 months : 7.99 euros
12 months : 19,99 Euro
12 months family subscription : 34.99 euros

Expansion Pass announced : During the Nintendo Direct in September 2021, it was revealed that there will be an extension to the existing subscription. You can buy that or buy an offer with both. There is currently no award, but towards the end of October, the extension should be added with N64 and Mega Drive games.

Probo: If your Nintendo Switch wants to try online first, Nintendo has a trial offer for you. With this you can use the service for a total of 7 days for free. Make sure that the trial is automatically extended for a fee. If you have already used the trial subscription before September 2020, then you can use it again. Nintendo has reset the trial memberships for all accounts.

So your test subscription also announces a normal subscription :

Click on the Switch menu on the Nintendo Switch online button
Selects Membership Options & Help
Clicks on Change membership option and the eShop opens.
From there you can then terminate or change your membership.

What exactly is a family subscription? Nintendo offers the opportunity to provide for families several consoles with a membership. An administrator can summarize up to eight consoles / accounts to a family and then complete the subscription. Then all members can use the subscription as otherwise with a single membership.

Payment options: You can pay a membership with credit card, PayPal, eShop credit and even gold points.

What games do I need Nintendo Switch online?

Basically, Nintendo Switch is always necessary online when you want to play games in multiplayer. This affects both First and Third Party Games. However, there are exceptions, like free-to-play games . In addition, it is in the hands of the developer whether you require the service.

Some of the most famous games for which your Nintendo Switch needs online:

Rocket League
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Splatoon 2
Super Mario Party
Mario Tennis Aces
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Monster Hunter Rise
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection
Dark souls remastered

Free Games with Nintendo Switch Online

Tetris 99

How does Tetris play 99 ? At first glance, it looks like a normal Tetris game. You have your field and have to place the falling blocks so that the rows are completely filled and dissolve. The different shapes of the blocks ensure that their tactically has to think about how they placed them.

The big trick is that you do not play alone. Because 98 other players: inside are located on your screen and fight for the crown. The more rows you work in a combo, the more stones you send your opponent. The same can also happen to you, which is why the end of all speed is necessary to achieve a tetris maximum.

Chargeable content : Tetris 99 also offers a few offline modes. For 10 euros, but you can unlock local multiplayer but also singleplayer variants. Particularly interesting for Tetris fans could also be the classic marathon mode, where you simply have to dissolve rows without multiplayer printing, while the blocks fall faster and faster.

PAC-Man 99

How does Pac-Man play 99? Basically, these are the classic PAC-Man gameplay. However, ghosts eaten are sent to one of the 98 counterparties to make it difficult to make life. You can choose who you want to attack. There are also power-ups that can give you one of four benefits.

Chargeable content: You only want to play the Battle Royale, then you can do this completely for free with Nintendo Switch online. But in addition, there are more classic modes, can compete with friends and KI or unlock different themes. The full version with offline content costs 14.99 euros.

Where is Super Mario Bros. 35?

Nintendo had published a new bonus for Nintendo Switch online in September 2020. The Mario-Battle Royale appeared as part of the 35th anniversary of the popular Jump N RUN series. However, Super Mario Bros. 35 was available as part of the celebration only time limited. Since April 1, 2021, the game is no longer available and there is currently no announcements on the part of Nintendo regarding a return.

Nintendo Switch Online: All NES classics at a glance

Nintendo Switch Online has been offering a wide range of NES classics for free since September 2018. The library will continue to be continuously expanded.

All currently available NES games:

Adventures of Lolo
Balloon Fight
Blaster Master
City Connection
Clu Clu land
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon
Double Dragon 2
Dr. Mario
Eliminator Boat Duel
Fire n Ice
Ghosts n Goblins
Ice Climber
Ice hockey
Journey to Silius
Kid Icarus
Kirby s Adventure
Kung-Fu heroes
Mario Bros.
Mighty Bomb Jack
NES Open Tournament Golf
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Jajamaru-kun
Per wrestling
Punch-out !! Featuring Mr. Dream
River City Ransom
S.C.A.T: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
Shadow of the Ninja
Solomon s key
Star Soldier
Super Dodge Ball
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Immortal
The Legend of Zelda
VICE: Project Doom
Vs. Excitebike
Wario s Woods
Wrecking crew
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

Nintendo Switch Online: All SNES classics at a glance

Since September 2019, it is already possible to gamble Snes games with a Nintendo Switch online membership. The selection is steadily expanded.

All currently available SNES games :

Brawl Brothers
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire 2
Demon s crest
Doomsday Warrior
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong s Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong s Double Trouble
Jelly Boy
Joe & Mac / Caveman Ninja
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
Kirby s Dream Course
Kirby s Dream Land 3
Kirby Super Star
Magical Drop 2
Mario s Super Picross
Natsume Championship Wrestling
Operation Logic Bomb
Panel de Pon
Pop n Twinbee
Prehistoric man
Psycho Dream
Smash tennis
Spanky s quest
Star Fox
Star Fox 2
Stunt Race FX
Super Baseball Simulator 1000
Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
Super Ghouls s Ghosts
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi s Island
Super Metroid
Super punch-out
Super Puyo Puyo 2
Super soccer
Super tennis
Super Valis 4
The Ignition Factor
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Peace Keepers
Tuff e nuff
Wild guns

NSO Expansion Pass: All N64 classics at a glance

From October 2021 you can experience the following N64 games on your Nintendo Switch with the expansion pass.

All currently confirmed N64 games to Launch:

Dr. Mario 64
Lylat Wars
Mario Kart 64
Mario Tennis
Operation WinBack
Super Mario 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Yoshis Story

These N64 games are already confirmed for the following month :

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Mario Golf
Paper Mario
Pokemon snap
The Legend of Zelda: Majora s Mask

NSO Expansion Pass: All Mega Drive Classics at a glance

With the publication of the expansion pass in October 2021 you get the chance to catch up on the Nintendo Switch this Mega Drive games.

All currently confirmed Mega Drive Games :

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Contra: Hard Corps
Dr. Robotnik s Mean Bean Machine
Golden Ax
Gunstar heroes
Phantasy Star IV
Shining Force
Shinobi III
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Streets of Rage 2

Multiplayer retro games : Some of the classics are equipped with a multiplayer function , which works online. The games are free as long as the Nintendo Switch online subscription is active. You can gamble the retro games for a maximum of 7 days offline.

No Virtual Console for Nintendo Switch

To Kotaku, Nintendo announced that there are currently no plans to offer the popular Virtual Console service on the Nintendo Switch.

However, Nintendo here refers exclusively to the concept of Virtual Console, not on the offer of classic games in itself. So that means that Nintendo has found a new way to offer popular backlog titles.

More classics? Nintendo has recently added two more platform in October 2021. It remains the question of whether gamecube or some handheld classics will also find their way to the switch. In addition, after the Mega Drive, not only consoles of Nintendo are possible.

Game Trials: Free games for a short time

With the so-called Game Trials feature, Nintendo Switch online subscribers get free access to current Nintendo Switch games. Within about 7 days the games can be downloaded and played for free.

However, they do not go into our possession. Following the trials phase we have to buy the game to continue to use it. Nintendo often offers special discounts on Game Trials games over the same period.

Which games have been offered so far, among other things?

Mario Tennis Aces
Pokémon Tekken
Disgaea 5
Rune Factory 4 Special
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Dead Cells
Overcoooked! 2
Two Point Hospital

There are no regular times when Game Trials take place. Nintendo always announces these very shortly via Twitter or directly through the switch-news. In Japan, there are clearly often Game Trials with larger Nintendo games like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker or Fire Emblem Warriors.

Cloud Saves: Scores in the data cloud

Submit links no longer need to fear their savegames if the switch is broken or lost. All scores are now automatically loaded into the data cloud and can be used as a backup if required.

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Especially with extensive titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is such a function a blessing that can protect it from losing countless play lessons.

Automatically activated: Cloud SAVES are automatically activated for all games by default. You can set the function but for each individual title. Manually Cloud Saves can also be created and downloaded at any time. The cloud SAVES are stored up to 6 months after subscription.

The big problem: Not all Nintendo Switch Games support Cloud Saves. Among them are some great games, like Pokémon Sword & Shield, Diablo 3 or Animal Crossing: New Horizons. For the latter, there is now the possibility of playing the game-internal island security:

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So it always remains that every developer decides himself whether it is made of the possibility of use or not. Therefore, always looks at Nintendo s website, whether a game really uses the function.

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The Nintendo Switch Online App for Mobile Devices

The Nintendo Switch Online App for iOS and Android can easily download in your App Store of your choice. The app offers you player-wide functions depending on game, voice chats and the opportunity to open a lobby.

With the start of the subscription service, the following titles are now supported:

Mario Tennis Aces
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Nintendo Entertainment System
Splatoon 2

Exclusive Deals & Discounts with Nintendo Switch Online

Similar to Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo will also enable special eShop discounts for Nintendo Switch online subscribers.

Exclusive NES controller: In addition, exclusive extras are planned. For example, there is the possibility to order NES controller for the switch. More information about the NES Controller is you experiencing here. On the official website of Nintendo you can acquire the NES controller in the double pack. The controller is sold out more often, but will always be re-screened.

Exclusive SNES Controller : Since SNES games have also been available on the switch, you can purchase a corresponding controller on the official website of Nintendo. The controller is sold out more often, but will always be re-screened.

Nintendo Switch Game Coupons : A special offer for Nintendo Switch online members makes it possible to get every game a little cheaper digital to the release. Because instead of acquiring a game individually to the launch for 60 or 70 euros digitally, you can buy two of these coupons for 100 euros. You can then use them separately up to 12 months from the date of purchase, to buy published but also upcoming games in the eShop without further additional payment.

For example, you pay for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the eShop Regular 140 Euro . With the game coupons, however, you can buy both games for 100 euros and saves so 40 Euro .

In addition, there are special items for Splatoon 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, it remains exciting which bonus abomiters will still receive in the future.

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