Nintendo confirms Gold Points can be used to purchase Switch Online subscriptions

Ruben Fields
September 18, 2018

There are no dedicated servers for Nintendo Switch Online as of yet so players will have to play using on P2P gaming, which relies on the internet connections of individual players to host matches online, making it a little unreliable.

With Nintendo launching its Switch Online service on 18 September, you'll need that to play games online moving forward.

It will be interesting to see how Nintendo Switch Online is when it hits.

Remasters of classic titles will also only be accessible to those with a subscription. This ruling is similar to Sony's stance on the game, which doesn't require a PlayStation Plus subscription for online play, either. Making matters worse is that offline save data backups aren't now an option on the Switch.

Fortnite On Switch Won't Require Subscription For Online Play

After the swag? There'll be exclusive offers and the like down the line, though at launch that includes a members-only outfit for use in Splatoon 2, and the ability to buy (how kind) Nintendo's wireless NES controllers for playing those retro games in style. Fortnite, which is already a free-to-play game, is available. Whenever you buy a game on the Nintendo Switch eShop, part of the amount spent is given back to you in gold points, which can be used to pay for new games or at the very least, cut some of the price down.

Features like voice chat are still hugely limited, and run through a smartphone app rather than allowing you to plug in your headphones straight into the Switch console and use an in-line mic. One of the biggest benefits of Switch Online is the introduction of cloud saves.

The brand new Nintendo Switch subscription service has been given a September 19 release date. In preparation, Nintendo Switch eShop is scheduled for maintenance starting at 5pm PT and will be unavailable for up to 3 hours.

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