Fortnite Won't Require Nintendo Switch Premium Online Service

Good news for all Fortnite fans that use the Nintendo Switch to play. Nintendo has revealed that the battle royale won’t require you to have the online service subscription for the Switch to play online. It won’t even require you to use the Switch smartphone app.

Fortnite Won't Require Nintendo Switch Premium Online Service
Fortnite Won’t Require Nintendo Switch Premium Online Service

The Nintendo Switch is going the way of other consoles, in that you’ll have to pay extra money in order to play games online. That’s just an annoying fact of life that we’re all used to by now. However, it seems like Nintendo is going to shake the formula up a little bit. In fact, they’re going to let certain games slide when it comes to the premium online service. One such game is Fortnite, which, according to the Nintendo FAQ, you won’t have to pay to play online.

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The FAQ explicitly mentions Fortnite by name, reading: “Some games, such as Fortnite, can be played online without a Nintendo Switch membership.” So, there you go; Nintendo won’t make you pony up more cash for the battle royale. Not only that, but Fortnite also won’t require the notorious Switch smartphone app to communicate with friends. It’s kinda cool to see Nintendo leaving all of those doors open for the likes of Fortnite, and it’s undoubtedly a smart business move. It seems to me like they’re trying to make the Switch into the most comfortable Fortnite console, and doing a good job of it. See, Sony? It really doesn’t have to be that hard.

The Nintendo Switch premium online service is coming out on September 18th. A one-month membership will cost $3.99, six months will cost $7.99, and a yearly membership will set you back $19.99. A yearly family membership, for up to eight Nintendo Account holders, will cost $34.99. You’ll also be able to sign up for a seven-day free trial on the Nintendo eShop on launch day.

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