Nintendo Switch's free-to-play games won't require a Nintendo Online subscription

Yes, this means you can still play Fortnite for free.


If you were concerned about being forced to pick up a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play games that are already free to play on the console, worry not. Thanks to the eagle-eyed ResetEra member ggx2ac, we've found out something interesting.

The ResetEra member's thread on the situation mentions an important aspect of the fine print you can read on some of the currently free games via the Nintendo Switch eShop. You'll see this in the fine print on games across the board. However, with games like Fortnite, Paladins, Fallout Shelter, and more, this text simply isn't there:

"To use online services you must have access to a wireless internet connection. Some online services may not be available in all countries. From the full launch of the Nintendo Switch Online membership service in 2018, online play requires a paid membership."

While Nintendo hasn't commented on whether or not a selection of its games won't require a paid membership, it certainly looks like this will be the case for at least some titles, which are free to play online already. That's great news for anyone thinking they're going to have to spend more cash on services that were previously free. We'll have to wait and see what transpires with this information, so we'll keep you posted. 

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