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If you are new to the Nintendo Switch or you don’t have one of the exclusive titles listed below, you’ll be able to score a free 1 year subscription to Switch Online for free thanks to GameStop. They’ve paired a collection of popular Nintendo Switch exclusives with a 12 month membership to the service. What’s more, three of the five eligible games are on sale to begin with. These titles include the following:
For those unfamiliar with the service, Nintendo Switch Online is the only way for Switch owners to play most online Switch games. This includes all first-party games, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as most third-party games. The service also offers occasional game trials where players can download the full version of a title and play it for a limited time. In the past, Nintendo has offered games like Pokken Tournament, The World Ends With You Final Remix, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and more. You’ll even get the occasional freebie.
Nintendo Switch Online also provides cloud saves and access to NES and SNES apps. These apps (which are downloaded free from the eShop) allow Switch users access to separate libraries of old-school video games that were originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Nintendo’s biggest first-party games are offered, including Super Mario World, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and more. For old-school fans, or those that never experienced these games in the first place, Switch Online is a great way to check them out.
Note that Nintendo recently added a new tier to their Switch Online membership offerings in the form of an Expansion Pack. In addition to the benefits listed above, the Expansion Pack includes access to a library of Nintendo 64 games, online play for up to 4 players, Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC, and retro SEGA Genesis games. Adding the Expansion Pack to your 12-month family membership will cost an additional $45 per year. Individual memberships cost $19.99 per year or $49.99 with the Expansion Pack.