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No more free rides: Paid Switch Online service launches on Sept. 18

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Enlarge / You’ll need to collect a few gold coins to pay for online gameplay on the Switch very soon.

From the days of the Gamecube online adapter to Switch titles like Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2, Nintendo has been the only current console maker to never charge its customers an additional fee for access to online multiplayer gameplay. That’s set to change on September 18, when the paid version of Nintendo’s Switch Online service will finally launch worldwide.