Nintendo Switch Online Memberships Start on September 18, More Details in Thursday's Rescheduled Nintendo Direct

The September Nintendo Direct presentation gets a second take.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

Last week's wayward Nintendo Direct presentation is coming home. It's officially been re-scheduled for tomorrow (September 13) at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET.

The presentation, originally scheduled for September 6, was delayed out of respect for victims of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that shook Hokkaido, Japan on September 5. The Direct presentation is still on-track to show us upcoming Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS titles. You can watch the presentation on Nintendo's official YouTube feed of the event, as well as its Twitch feed.

A couple of the surprises Nintendo intended to bestow upon us seemingly leaked out into the world following the delay (for example, Yoshi's new Switch game might be called Yoshi's Crafted World), but here's one surprise Nintendo unveiled ahead of time: The Direct will give us more information about Nintendo Switch Online, which is launching on September 18. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial once the service goes live.

Hopefully the Nintendo Direct will answer all the lingering questions we have about Nintendo Switch Online; there's still a lot we don't know about the service, and the included retro game subscription that's more or less taking the place of Virtual Console. We've already started unravelling Nintendo's big online mystery with our Nintendo Switch Online guide and FAQ, so check it out.

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Comments 8

  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #1 Wellman2nd 10 days ago
    Give me GameCube/Wii games, I would like to be able to play some of those titles without having to leave my Wii U or GC still hooked to the TV.
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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #2 AceOfCakez 10 days ago
  • Avatar for mattcom26 #3 mattcom26 10 days ago
    For the life of me, I can't understand how it benefits Nintendo at all to hold onto the secrets of their upcoming online service all the way until a week before it launches. Whatever happened to educating potential customers in advance of a product to give time to digest it and encounter it multiple times through different marketing channels? It's like if you started up a restaurant without revealing the type of cuisine until opening night, and just expected people would show up and hope they like what you're serving.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #4 VotesForCows 10 days ago
    Question for anyone who knows.
    My daughter and I both have accounts on my switch so we can have separate Splatoon characters. Are we going to need to pay for the family thing? That'd be pretty crap given we're on the one system.
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  • Avatar for LunarFlame17 #5 LunarFlame17 10 days ago
    @mattcom26 Let’s be honest, I’ll be shocked if there’s anything more to Nintendo Switch Online beyond what they’ve already announced. People keep acting like Nintendo’s got all these secrets they’re keeping, but it’s gonna be the same service we’re already using, only with cloud saves, some NES games, and we get to pay 20 bucks a year for it.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #6 The-Challenger 10 days ago
    @VotesForCows It seems Nintendo decided to take the crappy route in terms of account-activation.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #7 NiceGuyNeon 9 days ago
    Oooh a 7 day free trial of online play that we've been using for free for 18 months. Yes, truly the future is bright and glorious!
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #8 chaoticBeat 9 days ago
    @Wellman2nd I'd do anything to have Metroid Prime and Skies of Arcadia on the Switch.
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