How to Sign Up for Nintendo Switch Online on a Nintendo Switch

Here’s how you can sign up for Nintendo Online using a Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch comes with a large library of games, including blockbuster hits such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But, if you’re looking to play classic titles on the Switch, you might find you’re out of luck.

Luckily, Nintendo introduced Nintendo Switch Online, which is a subscription service similar to Xbox Game Pass, giving users the ability to play titles from the NES and Super NES along with general online play. If you want to catch up on some classic games, as well as all the other features that come with Nintendo Online, be sure to keep reading.

What you will need:

The short version

  • Go to the online store
  • Choose your profile
  • Click Nintendo Switch Online
  • Click View/Edit Membership
  • Choose the membership you want
  • Choose the route you want
  • Click Next
  • Start your membership
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    Go to the online store

    Turn on your Switch and access the eShop from the menu at the bottom of the screen.eShop button on Switch

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    Choose your profile

    Choose the profile you want to use.Profile selection on Switch

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    Click Nintendo Switch Online

    Scroll down the menu and click on Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo Online Store

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    Click View/Edit Membership

    Click the red button called View/Edit Membership.The Nintendo eShop

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    Choose the membership you want

    From the options presented, choose the membership you want. We have chosen individual membership. Choose Membership

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    Choose the trial you want

    Choose the trial you want from the options presented. If you haven’t had a subscription in the past, you can choose the seven-day free trial option.Choose your course on Switch

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    Click Next

    Once you are happy with your membership, click Next.Choose your course on eShop

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    Start your membership

    Click the orange button to start your membership. It will say Free Trial if you are using the seven-day free trial. Click Next on Switch


What is Nintendo Switch Online?

Nintendo Switch Online is essentially the Nintendo equivalent of services like Xbox Games Pass and PlayStation Plus Premium. If you want to learn even more about Nintendo Online, including how much it costs and what the benefits are, be sure to check out our dedicated explainer article.

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