The Nintendo Switch Online subscription service will not be required for free-to-play games. The eShop is bustling with updated text on select online-focused games with the disclaimer, “From the full launch of the Nintendo Switch Online membership service in 2018, online play requires a paid membership.” All free-to-download games with an online focus, especially including the world-dominating battle royale Fortnite, are exempt from this requirement. Games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis Aces are among the many that do require the service.

The list of games that will remain free to play online include:

– Paladins 
– Fortnite 
– Pokémon Quest 
– Dawn of the Breakers 
– Fallout Shelter 
– Galak-Z: Variant S 
– Zaccaria Pinball 
– The Pinball Arcade 
– Kitten Squad 
– Pinball FX3

Nintendo Switch Online launches worldwide at some point this September. It includes tiers for single users up to $19.99 USD per year, or a family plan for up to seven other users for $34.99 per year. Select retailers like Amazon and GameStop are already taking pre-orders on the service for those ready to go.

Alex Irish
When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.