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The cheapest Nintendo Switch online membership prices

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Finding a cheap Nintendo Switch Online deal is tricky but absolutely worth the effort. Besides getting you access to online multiplayer in the likes of Animal Crossing: New Horizons or Mario Kart, it allows you to take advantage of free retro games that'll whisk you back to childhood.

And these aren't the only benefits of a cheap Nintendo Switch Online deal. You also receive exclusive offers, voice chat through a smartphone app, and cloud saves. The latter is a helpful way to get around the console's rather meagre 32GBs of storage, particularly if you don't have Nintendo Switch SD cards on hand to boost it.

But which membership should you choose? While you can get either 3-month or 12-month subscription cards, we'd say that anyone looking for Nintendo Switch Online cheap is better served by the full year. 12 months is simply more cost-effective and better value for money in the long run. More importantly, it usually starts at just $20 / £18 anyway. That's around $1.50 / £1.50 per month, so a price cut nudges it into 'impulse buy' territory. And don't fret if you've already got a membership. Anything you purchase will be stacked on top of your existing sub.

Speaking of which, you'll find any current offers below. Our bargain-hunting software is updated every 30 minutes or so, providing you with the lowest prices with minimum effort.

Want some games to use with your Nintendo Switch Online membership? No problem. We've got you covered there as well - make sure you check out these Nintendo Switch game sales on everything from Super Smash Bros. to The Legend of Zelda.

Cheap Nintendo Switch Online - 12 months

Nintendo Switch Online cheap

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If you're looking to get some decent use from your Switch Online subscription, it's cheaper to sign up for 12 months. It's about $20 / £18, which works out at just over $1.50 per month. That's damn good, considering what you actually get. Overall, that's far better than buying four codes at 3 months each (and it's way less hassle than remembering to keep renewing). You really should be picking this one.

Cheap Nintendo Switch Online - 3 months

Nintendo Switch Online cheap

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Perhaps you're just online-curious when it comes to Switch? After all, maybe you don't want the classic games and you already have access to stuff like Netflix or the online sub for another console. You just want to dip a toe in the water and see how it feels. You can grab 3 months of membership for the price of a pizza, which is a reasonably good deal. No, it's not as cheap overall as the 12 month sub but... hey, you need to buy according to what you actually want and need.

Game list

Nintendo Switch Online cheap

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So far there are over 30 classic NES and SNES games to play when you sign up, and some have new features specially added for the Switch. Here's a list of what you can choose from.

SNES:

Super Mario World
Stunt Race FX
Super Puyo Puyo 2
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Pilotwings
Super Tennis
Super Mario Kart
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Breath Of Fire
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Kirby's Dream Course
BRAWL BROTHERS
Super Metroid
Super Ghouls'n Ghosts
SUPER E.D.F. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE
Star Fox
Demon's Crest
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
F-ZERO
Super Soccer

NES:

Balloon Fight
Baseball
Donkey Kong
Double Dragon
Dr. Mario
Excitebike
Ghosts’n Goblins
Gradius
Ice Climber
Ice Hockey
The Legend of Zelda
Mario Bros.
Pro Wrestling
River City Ransom
Soccer
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
Tennis
Yoshi
NES Open Tournament Golf
Solomon's Key
Super Dodge Ball
Metroid
Mighty Bomb Jack
TwinBee
ADVENTURES OF LOLO
Ninja Gaiden
Wario's Woods
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Blaster Master
Super Mario Bros. 2
Kirby's Adventure
Kid Icarus
StarTropics
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Star Soldier
Donkey Kong Jr.
VS. Excitebike
Clu Clu Land
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Volleyball
City Connection
Wrecking Crew
Donkey Kong 3
Kung-Fu Heroes
Vice: Project Doom

Nintendo will be announcing a further batch of games very soon, so the library will continue to grow as the service matures.

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