Save on Digital Games with Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

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Nintendo unveiled a new limited time offer to Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers. From now until July 31, subscribers can purchase a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers from the Nintendo eshop for $99.

These two vouchers can be redeemed for two full-price Nintendo Switch games on the eShop, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many of the eligible games are listed at $59.99, (despite games like Zelda being two years old) making this a savings of about $20.

The vouchers can only be redeemed on select games. Here is the full list of eligible titles:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • ARMS
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Splatoon 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Pokkén Tournament DX
  • Fitness Boxing
  • Ocotopath Traveler
  • Go Vacation
  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix

Though the deal ends July 31, vouchers are valid for a year after purchase. Nintendo has hinted that more titles will be eligible as new games are released. The offer is only available to active Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

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Twitch Prime (and Amazon Prime) Subscribers Get Free 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online

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If you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber you can get a year’s worth of Nintendo Switch Online for free, thanks to a new deal between Nintendo and Twitch parent company Amazon. If you don’t have Twitch Prime there’s a good chance you have Amazon Prime, which includes a Twitch Prime membership. Simply create a Twitch account if you don’t already have one and link it to Amazon Prime, then sign-up with Nintendo.

The catch is you can only initially claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online for free. After that you’ll need to return to the website and claim the other nine months. The 3-month free membership must be claimed by September 24. The 9-month membership can be redeemed 60-days after the first claim, and must be redeemed by January 22, 2020.

Existing Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can take advantage of this year to add more time to their membership. However, the deal only works for individual plans, not family plans. Members are also limited to a maximum 36-months of subscription time, so you can only buy ahead so much.

If you cancel your Prime membership you’ll still gain the benefit of the free Nintendo Switch Online claims, though you’ll need to be an active Prime subscriber for 60-days to get the 9-month offer.

Nintendo Switch Online launched last year as Nintendo’s premium online service. It’s required to play Nintendo Switch games online, such as Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo Switch Online also includes backup cloud saves, smartphone app integration, and access to digital NES games. A single Nintendo Switch Online subscription normally costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 90 days, or $19.99 for 12 months.

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Nintendo Switch Online Prices Online Multiplayer

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During this week’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed details for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which launches next week on September 18.

Up until now online multiplayer has been in a free trial period. But that’s about to change with the launch of Nintendo Switch Online. A subscription costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 for the year, making it far cheaper than Sony’s and Microsoft’s equivalent online subscription services.

A Family Membership for up to eight accounts is also available for $34.99 per year.

Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online are provided the following five features:

Online gameplay. The most obvious reason to subscribe is the ability to play games online. Many of Nintendo’s marquee games are built with multiplayer in mind, including Splatoon, Mario Kart, and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

NES games on Switch. Subscribers get access to a library of classic NES games they can play on the Switch. At launch there will be 20 games available, including Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zleda, with more added regularly. Online play will also be available for multiplayer games.

Cloud Saves. Switch users have been clamoring for a way to backup save data to the cloud. Unfortunately you’ll have to be a subscriber to access this feature.

Smartphone App. The app, like online play, has been free up to this point. When the Nintendo Switch Online service launches, you’ll need to be a subscriber to access its voice chat features.

Special Offers. The two examples at launch are NES-style Switch controllers (available to purchase only for subscribers), and download codes for exclusive gear for Splatoon 2 (only for 12-month members).

Nintendo Switch Online launches September 18.

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Nintendo Reveals Pricing Details for Online Membership

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One of the big question marks regarding the Nintendo Switch last year was how Nintendo would incorporate its subscription-based online service. This week Nintendo has finally revealed its pricing and features for playing games online. The Nintendo Switch Online service goes live in September.

The online service will be called Nintendo Switch Online. You’ll need it to continue playing games like Splatoon 2 online. It’s available in four different packages:

  • 1 Month: $3.99
  • 3 Months: $7.99
  • 12 Months: $19.99
  • Family Membership (12 months): $34.99

The Family Membership allows for up to eight Nintendo Account holders to use the Online service, including on multiple systems.

These prices make Nintendo Switch Online a far cheaper option than Sony or Microsoft’s online memberships, which begin at $9.99 per month, or $59.99 for the year.

PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live include monthly free games and exclusive discounts. Nintendo is offering an exclusive library of NES titles, many of which they’ll be able to play online. The initial collection will include 20 games, such as Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, with 10 more games coming in the future. These NES games will support voice chat via Nintendo’s smartphone app.

Kotaku is reporting that despite featuring these NES games as part of Nintendo Switch Online, the Virtual Console will not be returning to Nintendo Switch. The Virtual Console has been a mainstay on Nintendo consoles since the Wii, offering a one-stop digital store for classic titles.

“There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections,” the Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku. “Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online will provide a fun new way to experience classic NES games that will be different from the Virtual Console service, thanks to enhancements such as added online play, voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app and the various play modes of Nintendo Switch.”

Nintendo Switch Online membership will also feature cloud backup for save games.

Until now online play has been in an extended free trial mode since the Switch first launched. The Nintendo Switch Online service will launch in September.