The Nintendo Switch Paid Online Services Start The Second Half Of September

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Expect to hear more about Nintendo Switch Online soon in the coming weeks, probably first at Gamescom which is 15 days away.

Nintendo announced today that Nintendo Switch Online, the paid subscription service coming to Switch this year, will launch in the second half of September. Previously, we'd only been told that it would come in September, after being delayed for more than a year.

Nintendo Switch owners do not automatically become members when the service launches; they will need to purchase a membership in increments of one month, three months, or 12 months. In addition to being necessary for online play, NSO includes a variety of perks, including access to a compilation of 20 classic NES games, such as Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros. Alongside the Switch's release was the universally praised The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, giving it the killer app it needed to quickly rise to the top of console sales charts and dramatically increase Nintendo's revenue.

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In case you missed it, Nintendo Switch Online will finally allow users to back up save files in the cloud.

As it so happens, products like Epic Games' Fortnite, Hi-Rez Studios' Paladins, and other free-to-play games that require an Internet connection now lack a warning for customers to tell them that they will lose access when Switch Online launches. The plans start at $4 Dollars a month and users can also purchase a three month subscription for $8, or the most discounted rate of $20 for a full year.

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