Nintendo Direct Rescheduled, Switch Online Launches September 18

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo announced on Wednesday that Nintendo Switch Online will launch in just less than a week, on Saturday, Sept. 18.

After the one-week trial, Nintendo Switch Online will cost players either $3.99/£3.49 monthly or $19.99/£17.99 annually. Obviously, it's mostly made up of Nintendo games like Pro Wrestling ("A victor is you!"), Excitebike, Mario Bros., Ice Climber, Dr. Mario and more. These will include Super Mario Bros, Ice Climbers, and the original Legend of Zelda. Another is a download code for Splatoon 2 in-game gear. We might hear about more games during the Nintendo Direct on Thursday.

Nintendo Switch Online will also give subscribers the ability to back up their save data in the cloud.

That said, it's not all rosy: One of the biggest disappointments about the proposed online play of the Switch was that the only way to get voice chat going was apparently via the dubious Switch Online app.

Nintendo has a few different help articles centered around Switch firmware update 6.0.0, but the biggest thing you need to know is that once this update has been applied, you won't be able to unlink Nintendo Accounts from their associated Nintendo Switch user accounts.

According to Nintendo's site, individual plans will go for about $4 a month, and $20 for a year. You can make use of a seven-day free trial by signing up on the Nintendo eShop starting September 18.

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

As previous reports indicated, the Nintendo Direct presentation has been rescheduled for tomorrow.