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Switch Online is the Nintendo's unimaginatively-named subscription-based online service.

It should be noted that after installing the update, you will no longer be able to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Switch user account. 3 on your Nintendo Switch next Tuesday.

Nintendo has been drip-feeding details about the service for months, starting with confirmation that subscribers will have access to classic NES games with additional modern features such as online play and voice chat.

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"Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action", Nintendo said earlier this year. Nintendo Switch owners won't automatically become members when the service starts, so they will need to purchase an Individual or Family Membership in order to avoid disruption of their online play in compatible games.

While UK pricing hasn't yet been confirmed, we know how much it'll cost in the US.

The next Nintendo Switch firmware update has been announced, and it will go live on September 18, 2018, the same day Nintendo Switch Online launches. The full scope of memberships will be available on the Nintendo website and the eShop, with the 3-month and 12-month options also available at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.