The day one update for Nintendo Switch has become available to those lucky enough to have the console already - including Pocket-lint - and one of the first notifications is about the new Nintendo online subscription service. It will be launched fully in autumn.

Nintendo's much-rumoured subscription service will work much like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold in that paid membership will be required to play online games. In return you'll get a free "classic" game to play each month.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but the good news for those who will be getting their Switch consoles from tomorrow's launch date is that online play will be free until the service launches. That should give you six months before having to shell out at least.

The online play notification comes after you sign into your Nintendo account through the Switch, which has only been available since the day one update was made available. It says the service will give you the following features:

  • Online multiplayer: Play with or against other people over the internet.
  • Plan gaming sessions with friends and enjoy voice chat while gaming: The dedicated app (coming to smartphones this summer) helps you get more out of online play.
  • Take on classic games - a different title each month: Now with online multiplayer.
  • Save money on Nintendo Switch digital purchases: Exclusive savings for subscribers only.

The latter two features will be launched with the paid version of the service.

You can check out what we think of the Nintendo Switch and its launch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by following the links below:

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