Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Fortnite on the Switch won't require Nintendo Online

Fortnite on the Switch won't require Nintendo Online

Nintendo fans who purchase a 12-month subscription to the new Nintendo Online service will receive a couple of new items for their squid kids and Octolings to sport in Switch shooter Splatoon 2.

The obvious benefit to signing up to Nintendo Switch Online is online play. The yearly subscription is the best deal, so we'll focus on it.

The Nintendo Switch app will remain the primary means of communicating with other players during online play.

Fortnite was surprisingly released during Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct presentation, and has since been my preferred platform for playing the game.

Of course, this problem is solvable and has been solved by dozens of other competitive online games.

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In any case, potential purchasers should be aware that these special NES controllers can only be used for a handful of classic games, and they will become completely unusable if you stop subscribing to Nintendo's online service.

These will be followed by three additional titles each month with upgraded graphics and some limited online and two-player functionality. You can find the full list on Nintendo's NES web page. You may also be able to partially cover your subscription using whatever points you have.

We've run you through the main upsides and downsides to subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online, for you to mull over as the timer counts down to launch. Previously, the FAQ stated explicitly that cloud saves would not be preserved if your Switch Online account was closed.

Cloud saves will prove a main attraction too, ensuring your save data is backed up in case you lose or break your console - though we'd advise against doing either of those things.

According to Nintendo, the plan is for later this evening.

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