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Switch Online trial will come free with Japanese Splatoon 2 bundles

The online service will roll out in September

Splatoon 2 - green ink Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

To commemorate the first anniversary of Splatoon 2, Nintendo is releasing a specially colored Nintendo Switch and Splatoon 2 bundle, which includes a ticket for a three month Nintendo Switch Online personal plan.

Nintendo Switch Online rolls out this September and will be the first premium Nintendo online service. Games like Splatoon 2 that rely heavily on online multiplayer will be heavily affected, since players will now need an Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to participate in online multiplayer. Previously, online multiplayer was offered for free.

In addition to online multiplayer, Nintendo Switch Online will offer a library of 20 old NES games and the ability to (finally) save game data to the cloud. Not all Switch games will require the online service to play multiplayer online, but it’s very likely that Nintendo’s own games — including Splatoon 2 — will need it.

Though it does have a single-player expansion, Splatoon 2 is Nintendo’s most multiplayer-focused game. When Nintendo Switch Online officially rolls out, Splatoon players will need to pay an additional subscription fee in order to continue playing the game the way that they have been. But this bundle is a small sign of encouragement: For three months, at least, newcomers to Splatoon can enjoy the game without the fee. Hopefully this means that other multiplayer-focused games, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms, will also receive their own bundles with a trial for the premium service.

The online service has multiple payment plans, with personal ones priced at $19.99 (12 months), $7.99 (three months), and $3.99 (one month). Family plans, which will allow eight people in total to access the Switch Online service, will be priced at $34.99 per year.

As of right now the Splatoon 2 bundle is only available in Japan and will retail at 35,960 yen starting July 13.