The Nintendo Switch’s online service launch date has finally been revealed

After over a year of speculation, Nintendo has finally revealed exactly when in 2018 its Nintendo Switch online service will be launched. Here’s everything we now know about the Switch’s online element, including its release date, price and game rumours.

September is the month to circle on your calendar, gamers, after Nintendo took to Twitter to clarify when it plans to unleash the Switch’s online gaming service.

The hybrid console’s online subscription service will cost $20 per year, the publisher previously announced.

Alternatively, you can purchase a one-month membership for $3.99 or three months for $7.99. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Voice chat and online lobby features won’t be available through the system itself. These will be accessed through a separate Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app that launched last summer.

“Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games – all from your smart device,” Nintendo explained at the time.

In terms of games, the original plan was to see Switch Online subscribers get access to one free classic game a month, though that quickly changed. Now, Nintendo intends to provide players with an expanding library of classic titles that will remain accessible so long as you have an active membership.

It remains to be seen whether such a scheme will replace Nintendo’s existing Virtual Console, or if players can still choose to purchase games individually.

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