Release date, online play and NES games

Features like voice chat are limited and go through the new smartphone app rather than allowing you to plug in your headphones straight into the Switch console and use an in-line mic. But not everyone with a Switch is going to sign up for the service, and you'll want to make sure you're still making the right decision for you.

The Fortnite Switch Bundle contains a neon red and blue Switch, with no Fortnite specific designs on the dock or the console.

You can pick up a free trial for seven days before you'll need to pay for access to things such as online multiplayer and Nintendo's retro game library.

Plus, the bundle costs $300 in the USA, which is the same amount you'd pay for a Nintendo Switch console on its own.


The obvious benefit to signing up to Nintendo Switch Online is online play. So double check that if you aren't sure about it.

Fans of the hit free-to-play game Fortnite who are looking to play the game anytime and anywhere are in for a treat. PlayStation will hold onto cloud backup data for six months, while Xbox offers cloud saves to all players at all times. According to Nintendo, cloud saving won't be used in titles where it would enable cheating.

There's also a "Family" option for $34.99 / £31.49 that covers up to eight Nintendo Accounts for an entire year, and is a cost-effective option for even two users partnering up for the subscription. Once the patch has gone out, the eShop will go down for maintenance, and when it comes back up, Switch Online will be live.

  • Kara Saunders