How to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online on a Nintendo Switch

How to sign up for Nintendo Online using a Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch comes with a large library of games, including blockbuster hits like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, if you want to play classic titles on the Switch, you might be out of luck.

Thankfully, Nintendo has introduced Nintendo Switch Online, a subscription service similar to Xbox Game Pass that gives users the ability to play titles from the NES and the Super NES along with general online play. If you’re interested in updating some classic games and enjoying all the other features of Nintendo Online, be sure to read on.

What you will need:

The short version

  • Go to the eShop
  • Choose your profile
  • Click Nintendo Switch Online
  • Click View/Change Membership
  • Choose the membership you want
  • Select the hiking trail you want
  • Click next
  • Start your membership
  1. Step

    Go to the eShop

    Power on your Switch and go to the eShop from the menu at the bottom of the screen.eShop button on Switch

  2. Step

    Choose your profile

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

  3. Step

    Click Nintendo Switch Online

    Scroll down the menu and click on Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo online store

  4. Step

    Click View/Change Membership

    Click the red “View/Change Membership” button.Nintendo's eShop

  5. Step

    Choose the membership you want

    Select the desired membership from the options presented. We have opted for individual membership. Choose membership

  6. Step

    Select the desired trial version

    Select the desired trial version from the options presented. If you haven’t had a membership in the past, you can choose the seven-day free trial option.Choose your trail on Switch

  7. Step

    Click next

    When you are happy with your membership, click Next.Choose your trail from the eShop

  8. Step

    Start your membership

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

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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 the costs and benefits, be sure to check out our dedicated explainer article.

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