Compared to competing services on Xbox Live ($40 / £40 per year) or Playstation Plus ($60 / £50) Nintendo Switch Online looks like a bargain. If you want to check out the video explaining this attempt before finding out whether or not he was successful, make sure to scroll past the next paragraph and give it a watch below.
In other words, to pay for a Switch Online subscription using gold points alone, you'd need to spend at least $400 in the eShop every year, provided you purchase a yearly subscription.
Why sign up for an online service?
But if you were wondering about one of the most popular games in the world, Fortnite, don't fret. As a reminder, it does not require a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play online. You may also be able to partially cover your subscription using whatever points you have. And beyond the launch lineup, Nintendo promised a "growing library of online games".
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Unlike the dedicated servers for Xbox Live or on Playstation, Nintendo is still using P2P (peer to peer) gaming, which relies on the less-than-reliable internet connections of individual players to host matches online.
Features like voice chat are limited and go through the new smartphone app rather than allowing you to plug in your headphones straight into the Switch console and use an in-line mic. Games like Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 operate just fine with cloud saves on other consoles and there's no reason they couldn't do the same on the Switch.
Do I need Nintendo Switch Online for online multiplayer?
In any case, potential purchasers should be aware that these special NES controllers can only be used for a handful of classic games, and they will become completely unusable if you stop subscribing to Nintendo's online service.