Nintendo Switch Online

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Nintendo Switch Online
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The Nintendo Switch Online logo.
Provider Nintendo
Launched September 19, 2018
Shutdown N/A
Service provided Online Wireless Communications
Accessible by Internet

Nintendo Switch Online (Japanese: Nintendo Switch Online) is a service run by Nintendo that allows users to be matched up with other players and play games with each other. It is used by games for the Nintendo Switch and is the successor to the Nintendo Network service. It is the first service by Nintendo that requires the user to pay a subscription fee in order to allow players to use online functionality with games, such as online multiplayer and user created content. The service also offers a selection of classic games to play, along with a selection of other benefits.

The service first launched on September 19, 2018, and on October 25, 2021, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launched. This allowed access to a selection of classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, and other extra benefits, for an additional fee.


Generally, a 7-day free trial can be used once for Nintendo Switch Online. After it expires, Nintendo occasionally restores access to the free trial to all players whose free trial has already expired. No free trial is offered for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

Nintendo Switch Online Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
Market Individual Family Individual Family
1 month 3 months 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months
Japan ¥306 ¥815 ¥2,400 ¥4,500 ¥4,900 ¥8,900
United States $3.99 $7.99 $19.99 $34.99 $49.99 $79.99
Canada $4.99 $9.99 $24.99 $44.99 $63.99 $99.99
United Kingdom £3.49 £6.99 £17.99 £31.49 £34.99 £59.99
Eurozone €3.99 €7.99 €19.99 €34.99 €39.99 €69.99
Switzerland CHF 5.60 CHF 11.20 CHF 28 CHF 38.29 CHF 51.90 CHF 89.90
Australia $5.95 $11.95 $29.95 $54.95 $59.95 $109.95
New Zealand $6.55 $13.15 $32.95 $60.45 $69.95 $119.95
South Korea ₩4,900 ₩9,900 ₩19,900 ₩37,900 ₩39,900 ₩74,900
Hong Kong $25 $65 $155 $295 $325 $575


Friend Codes

Main article: Friend Code

The Nintendo Switch Online service allocates a Friend Code to every user on the service, generated during the creation of the account. It is used to identify other players on online play along, albeit is not the only method unlike predecessors. This feature was also used for the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and on the Nintendo 3DS's online connectivity.

Classic Games Service

Previous generations of Nintendo consoles have featured classic games via the Virtual Console. For the Nintendo Switch, this was replaced by apps for the console that included a growing library of NES and SNES games, exclusively available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, launched October 25, 2021, added apps for N64 and Sega Genesis games (for an additional fee). Both tiers of the subscription received new apps on February 8, 2023: Game Boy (including Game Boy Color) for the base service and Game Boy Advance for the Expansion Pack.

Pokémon games

  • Pokémon Snap was added to the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online app on June 24, 2022.
  • Pokémon Puzzle League was added to the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online app on July 15, 2022.
  • Pokémon Stadium was added to the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online app on April 12, 2023. Pokémon Stadium 2 was added on August 8 of that year. They will not be able to connect to the Game Boy games or the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console games.
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game was added to the Game Boy - Nintendo Switch Online app on August 8, 2023.

Games compatible with Nintendo Switch Online

The following Pokémon games are compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Game functionality

Pokkén Tournament DX

  • Online battles require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Online play requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription

Core series games

  • A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required to trade and battle online

New Pokémon Snap

  • A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required to share photos online and compete in global leaderboard rankings (such as total Photodex score)

Communications media
Gen I Game Link CableTransfer Pak3DS Wireless (VC)
Gen II  Game Link CableInfraredTransfer Pak
Mobile Game Boy Adapter3DS Wireless (VC)
Gen III Game Link CableWireless AdapterDual-slot mode
Gen IV DS WirelessWi-FiDual-slot modeInfrared
Gen V DS WirelessWi-FiInfrared
Gen VI 3DS WirelessNintendo NetworkInfraredStreetPassSpotPass
Gen VII 3DS Wireless/Switch WirelessNintendo Network
InfraredNintendo Switch OnlineBluetooth
Gen VIII Switch WirelessNintendo Switch Online
Gen IX Switch WirelessNintendo Switch Online

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