Nintendo Switch Online finally has a concrete launch date

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Nintendo also took the opportunity to announce that the Switch Online service will begin in North America on Tuesday, September 18.

The premium service was originally slated to arrive in late 2017, but was eventually pushed back by nearly a year. Every classic NES game will support voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app. Individual membership is separated into three tiers: $3.99 for one month; $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for 12 months.

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Until now, Nintendo has allowed Switch owners to play their games online for free. The same studio who made those ports happen, Tantalus Media, is the one responsible for the Switch port as well.

Today Nintendo hosted a "Nintendo Direct", a special stream that Nintendo hosts when the company has an (or several) announcement to make, typically for new consoles and games. For instance, Civilization 6 was confirmed for Switch on the game's official website, but all promotional details were quickly scrubbed away after showing up online. According to Nintendo, "it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Nintendo Switch user". Obviously, you'll need to update in order to the Nintendo Switch eShop as well as Nintendo Switch Online. You also have the option of a family subscription.