Nintendo Switch Online
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|Nintendo Switch Online|
|Launched||September 19, 2018|
|Service provided||Online Wireless Communications|
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 Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System 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|
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- 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 console 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. In October 2021, the service was extended to include apps for N64 and Sega Genesis games (for an additional fee).
In the games
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! were the first Pokémon games to utilize the Nintendo Switch Online service.
In the core series games
- A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to trade and battle online
New Pokémon Snap
- A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to share photos online and compete in global leaderboard rankings (such as total Photodex score)
Games compatible with Nintendo Switch Online
The following Pokémon games are compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online service.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
- Pokémon Sword and Shield
- Pokkén Tournament DX
- New Pokémon Snap