How to Subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online and Play Online

Just like its competitors, the Nintendo Switch allows you to play online with friends or with strangers around the world. Many games offer a multiplayer mode and some are even much more interesting when you enjoy several. However, you must first take out a subscription to benefit from it. We explain how to do it.

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What would the Switch be without multiplayer? Certainly, the small portable console has plenty to entertain more lonely users, with classics like Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey, to name a few. But it is to many that she reveals her full potential, whether it is to face her friends under the same roof or to strangers living on the other side of the planet.

However, this last point is not accessible to everyone. Or rather if, but you must first have subscribed to a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, in the same way as the PSN or Xbox Live. The idea may be off-putting at first, especially if you are used to playing on a PC and you just have to plug it into your box to find your virtual companions.

Even so, Nintendo’s membership offers a lot more benefits than you might think. First, the firm offers a wide price range to suit everyone’s budgets, in addition to leaving the possibility of testing it for a short period of time. Then, it gives access to many retro games, the list of which has recently grown with the arrival of the Additional Pack. So, convinced? Follow the guide.

How much does a Nintendo Switch Online membership cost?

Before you start, you should choose the formula that best suits your needs. If the idea is more to test before committing, then opt for a first price subscription. If, on the contrary, you want to share it with your whole family or if you are a fan of retro games, here again you will find a corresponding price. Here is the full list:

  • 3,99 € : 30 days
  • 7,99 € : 90 days
  • 19,99 € : 365 days
  • 34,99 € : 365 days for eight Nintendo Accounts in total
  • 49,99 € : 365 days with the additional pack
  • 79,99 € : 365 days with the Add-on Pack for a total of eight Nintendo Accounts

Note that each of its formulas allows you to download a free NES and SNES emulator, each containing dozens of games that made the glory of the first Nintendo consoles. The Additional Pack, meanwhile, includes N64 and Megadrive games, which can be supplemented with controllers reissued for the occasion.

How do I subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online?

The first thing to do to subscribe is to make sure your Switch is up to date. Here’s how to install the latest firmware:

  • From the home screen, go to Console settings
  • Scroll all the way down until you find the section Console
  • In it, select Console update
  • Click on the button Update the console
  • Let the installation be done
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Then, it is necessary that your console is connected to a WiFi network. If not, here’s how to fix it:

  • From the home screen, go to Console settings
  • In the section Internet, click on Internet settings
  • The Switch will then search for all available networks. Select the one of your choice
  • Click on Connect to this network
  • Enter the password for your WiFi network
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You are now connected to the Internet. All you have to do is sign up for a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here’s the procedure to follow :

  • From the home screen, go to Nintendo eShop
  • If you have more than one profile on your console, select one
  • Scroll down until you find Nintendo Switch Online
  • Click on Subscription formulas and select the one of your choice
  • Enter your bank details

There you go, you can now enjoy all of Nintendo’s online services. With more than 32 million subscribers around the world, you have just unlocked hours and hours of play!

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