Nintendo sets a start date for Switch online service

Angelica Greene
September 13, 2018

It will launch on September 18th in North America and September 19th in Europe.

Nintendo announced the release dates of the Nintendo Switch Online service.

The start date for the online service was presumably going to be announced last week during the planned Nintendo Direct, but the presentation was cancelled following a major quake in Japan.

Once Switch Online is out the gate, you'll need an active subscription to play games online. Some of the games that will be available at launch include Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros.

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You may have received an email from Nintendo regarding your Switch account settings, but just in case you haven't yet, we've got you covered.

The company had planned a Nintendo Direct event for September 6th, but that has been rescheduled to September 13th (3PM PDT), where the company will share new information about upcoming Switch and 3DS titles.

But the cloud saving details leaked out anyway, as did the name of the new Yoshi game, a new Ubisoft party game, and reveals of Civilization VI and Final Fantasy XV: Mobile Edition for Switch.

As an important aside, Nintendo Accounts will be permanently linked to Nintendo Switch user accounts after the Nintendo Switch firmware update.

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