Switch system update version 6.0.0 launches September 18

Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

The long-awaited start of the online service for Nintendo's hybrid console is set in stone.

Nintendo has announced their Switch Online memberships will launch in Canada, the U.S. and beyond on September 18, 2018. These will include Super Mario Bros, Ice Climbers, and the original Legend of Zelda.

There wasn't too much of the game revealed just yet, but we did see some of the ghost-capturing gameplay that the game will have, which is a bit similar to what we saw in previous Mansion games.

A week later and Nintendo is ready again to host its Nintendo Direct event, now on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. ET.

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The membership will net users access to online play, classic NES games, save data cloud backup, and use of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile application. Native voice chat was incorporated into the port of Fortnite, so we know it's at least possible with the Switch.

Nintendo Switch Online has been a long time coming.

The service will cost $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three, or $19.99 for 12. There are options for both individual and family memberships (up to 8 users).

Nintendo Switch owners will not be automatically charged when the service launches in the second half of September, the company confirmed last month.

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