Rumor: Free-to-Play Switch Games Won’t Require a Nintendo Online Subscription

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:

  • Paladins
  • Fortnite
  • Pok√©mon 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.

Ryan Pearson


Taking his first steps onto Route 1 and never stopping, Ryan has had a love of RPGs since a young age. Now he's learning to appreciate a wider pallet of genres and challenges.