Nintendo Switch Online service coming in the second half of September

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Earlier today, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe both announced that Switch Online will launch in the "second half of September".

The Nintendo Switch Online membership will include access to online play in compatible titles, starting with Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and more.

As you might expect some people are rather annoyed that online play, which is free at present, is going to be locked behind a paywall. It's been a long time coming, but now Switch owners just have a month and change left to wait until they can start paying to play games online. There will also be retro love as well for members, including the original NES version of The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros.

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Nintendo's Switch online service was first scheduled for a release a year ago, but was later delayed to Fall 2018.

Additionally, Save Data Cloud backup will now be implemented, giving players the option to send and receive game data at the drop of a hat which provides peace of mind should a player lose or damage their system. Membership can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop and the official Nintendo website.

We already knew the online service would be launching sometime in September but, until now, Nintendo has done little to refine this window. And with the console's library continuing to expand, make sure to check back often as we update this feature over the coming weeks and months.

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