Nintendo Online paid service starts next week, Nintendo Direct tomorrow

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The company has taken to Twitter to announce that the service will go live next week, on September 18 in the U.S. and September 19 in Europe.

Nintendo has announced that the Switch's online service will launch in the USA on September 18 and in the United Kingdom on September 19. For those of you who don't have a calendar handy, that's next Tuesday, so we're less than a week out from Switch Online's official launch.

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By the end of the month you'll no longer be able to play Nintendo games online for free, as Nintendo reschedules its cancelled Direct. There will also be cloud-based saves.

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The site also lists Soccer, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3 as among the 20 NES games that will be available at launch, with "new games added regularly".

Nintendo Switch Online pricing plans in Canada will start at $4.99 per month.

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Nintendo Switch owners will be required to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to continue playing Switch games online. Both have offered online services for years, but at a much costlier price.

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