Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, Nintendo has been promising its online subscription service. From the moment the day one patch was downloaded last March, owners were told that it will be launched fully in autumn 2017.

However, it was soon delayed and while online play for certain games would remain free in the meantime, it transpired that the full service originally promised wouldn't be available until 2018.

Thankfully, we now know the actual date it will go live. Nintendo of America has tweeted that Nintendo Switch Online will launch this September. Hurrah.

That effectively means you get to play multiplayer online games, such as Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for free throughout spring and summer. From September though, a subscription will be needed to play online. Enjoy it while you can.

If you do decide to pay a monthly fee from this autumn, Nintendo will also give you access to a large catalogue of titles - much like the recently released Xbox Game Pass. It was previously planning to just chuck in a different classic game each month, playable for just that calendar month, but changed its mind.

As far as we are aware, the subscription fee will still be the same as originally planned. If so, a subscription in the US will be priced at $3.99 a month, $7.99 for three-months, or $19.99 for a full year's membership. We're not yet aware of UK pricing.