Nintendo Switch Online

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Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online logo.png
The Nintendo Switch Online Logo.
Provider Nintendo
Launched September 19, 2018
Shutdown N/A
Service provided Online Wireless Communications
Accessible by Internet
Website Nintendo Switch Online – Nintendo Switch™ Official site – Online gaming, multiplayer, voice chat

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. It 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.


Generally, a 7-day free trial can be used once. After it expires, Nintendo occasionally restores access to the free trial to all players whose free trial has already expired.

Market Individual Family
1 month 3 months 12 months 12 months
Japan ¥306 ¥815 ¥2,448 ¥4,584
United States $3.99 $7.99 $19.99 $34.99
Canada $4.99 $9.99 $24.99 $44.99
United Kingdom £3.49 £6.99 £17.99 £31.49
Eurozone €3.99 €7.99 €19.99 €34.99
Switzerland CHF 5.60 CHF 11.20 CHF 28 CHF 38.29
Australia $5.95 $11.95 $29.95 $54.95
New Zealand $6.55 $13.15 $32.95 $60.45
South Korea ₩4900 ₩9900 ₩19900 ₩37900
Hong Kong $25 $65 $155 $295


Friend Codes

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.

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.

Communications media
Gen I Game Link CableTransfer Pak3DS Wireless (VC)
Gen II  Game Link CableInfraredTransfer Pak
Mobile Game Boy Adapter3DS Wireless (VC)
Gen III Game Link CableWireless AdapterDual-slot mode
Gen IV DS WirelessWi-FiDual-slot modeInfrared
Gen V DS WirelessWi-FiInfrared
Gen VI 3DS WirelessNintendo NetworkInfraredStreetPassSpotPass
Gen VII 3DS Wireless/Switch WirelessNintendo Network
InfraredNintendo Switch OnlineBluetooth
Gen VIII Switch WirelessNintendo Switch Online