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Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo confirmed that the Nintendo Switch Online service would launch on September 18th in North America, with a United Kingdom launch happening the following day. The service, which was announced shortly after the Switch itself, will go live on September 18.

"Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action", Nintendo said earlier this year.

Although it was recently revealed that not all games will use cloud saving, including some major first and third party titles.

The service also unlocks access to a library of NES games, including Super Mario Bros. Previously, playing online was free, but once Switch Online debuts, everyone will need to pay to play online. Native voice chat was incorporated into the port of Fortnite, so we know it's at least possible with the Switch.

This will be especially important if you have multiple Switch profiles in your house, such as those for children and other family members.

The start date for the online service was presumably going to be announced last week during the planned Nintendo Direct, but the presentation was cancelled following a major natural disaster in Japan.


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