Rumour: Nintendo Switch Online Service Launch Delayed Into 2019

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Update: Nintendo of America has since confirmed that it was an error and has been updated to read: “Nintendo Account required. Online services and features. including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018.” Keep calm.

Original Story: We know how the Nintendo Switch Online service will be priced when it launches, what it will include, and that it will have “that extra Nintendo twist” to differentiate itself from competitors. But, we still don’t know when we can expect it to arrive.

Now, in a newly published post today about how to make the most of your Nintendo Switch, Nintendo writes in relation to Splatoon 2‘s online multiplayer: “Nintendo Account required. Online services and features. including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2019.”

If true and not an unfortunate typo, it will come as a disappointment to many, seeing as Nintendo had already chosen to push it back into 2018.

Once it does go live, the Nintendo Switch Online service will allow subscribers to play online, use the Nintendo Switch Online app, receive a free classic game each month, and promises access to exclusive deals.

There has been some speculation that Nintendo will share more news relating to Nintendo Switch this week, but as to what that is remains shrouded in secrecy. Maybe it will provide a chance to learn more about Nintendo Switch Online and the company’s plans to entice everyone to subscribe to the service for the portable home console.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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