Nintendo kicked off Switch Online in September 2018 with an array of pricing plans - but now, players have a chance to cop the service for free.
Twitch announced a special promotion with Nintendo in partnership with its Twitch Prime subscription service on March 28, offering up to 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online for free.
With Twitch Prime, users can earn the 12-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription, as well as gain access to a selection of classic NES games and additional benefits - but there’s a catch.
How to claim 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online:
- To get a free year of the Switch’s online service, users must first be subscribed to Twitch Prime, a premium experience for the streaming platform that provides users with in-game content, emotes, and other perks. This service is also in conjunction with Amazon Prime, meaning that users need to begin an Amazon Prime subscription first before linking their Twitch account to activate the service.
- Once activated, users will then need to click the “Claim Now” button on the Twitch Prime | Nintendo website to link their Nintendo and Twitch Prime accounts.
- Players 18 and older will need to register a credit card or PayPal account, which will then allow them to redeem the Switch Online service on their Nintendo Switch console.
- At first, players will only be able to claim a three-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription; after this three-month period is over, a nine-month period will unlock, which users can claim to ride out the remainder of the year.
Keep in mind that players must own a Nintendo Switch to activate their free membership, and must be logged into their respective Nintendo account linked to the Switch in question.
This offer expires on September 24, 2019 for first-time users, while the additional nine-month period expires on January 22nd, 2020 - meaning that players have a little under six months to claim the service before it goes away for good!
However, if players decline to claim the additional nine-month period by January 22nd, the offer will expire, so make sure to stay on top of your subscription if you want to reap the benefits of Switch Online without footing the bill.
Additionally, players’ Twitch Prime subscriptions must be valid for “at least 60 days” at the time of redeeming the nine-month offer, meaning that even if you plan to cancel your membership in the future, you can still enjoy Nintendo’s Online services throughout the remainder of the year.
This is far from the latest feature Twitch has rolled out recently, to boot; the platform likewise introduced its new squad streaming update on March 27, allowing up to four streamers to broadcast within a single window at a time.
Despite this seemingly intuitive feature, some personalities on the site were unhappy with the update, noting that users who mute other streams within the window are no longer counted as viewers.
While Twitch has yet to speak out on this finding, their partnership with Nintendo marks a big win for players looking to test out their online service before making any monetary commitments.