It seems like free-to-play games for Nintendo Switch might not require the Nintendo Switch Online service to use their online functionality.
A user on ResetEra has noted the fine-print on the eShop is missing on specific titles:
“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.”
The list of the titles missing this fine print include:
- Pokémon Quest
- Dawn of the Breakers
- Fallout Shelter
- Galak-Z: Variant S
- Zaccaria Pinball
- The Pinball Arcade
- Kitten Squad
- Pinball FX3
As with any rumor or unconfirmed information, take this with a grain of salt for now. We’ve reached out to Nintendo for clarification regarding this.
The Nintendo Switch Online paid service launches this September.