05 October 2018
If you are a Nintendo Switch user and waiting for Nintendo Switch Online service to become available, it seems like you will have to wait a little longer. As per a sighting on Nintendo Italy website, the much-awaited online service will be making its debut in Fall 2018. In other words, you still have at least a good six months to wait for which is indeed worse considering that it was supposed to become official this year.
Nintendo has already made Switch Online available in preview version which is free to use but once the final version is released, it will be charging some amount from users. This service is likely to be same as Sony's PlayStation Plus and Microsoft's Xbox Gold pass.
Here is what has been mentioned on the Nintendo Italy website (translated from Italian using Google):
"With this paid service you have access to online multiplayer and a dedicated smart device app that connects to your Nintendo Switch console and helps you connect with your friends for online gaming sessions. More details on the service will be available before the official launch of the service. This service will be available free of charge until its official launch in 2018."
It is worth mentioning that Nintendo Switch Online app is already available for Android and iOS platforms. The app will link to your Nintendo Switch account and console to help you make most of the online gaming experience. But since the actual service is yet to become available, the only choice users have is to wait and hope that it gets released sooner than later.