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The online services for Nintendo Switch let you share the fun of competitive and cooperative games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for a fee. You can pay for your individual account or enable the function for up to eight users with a Nintendo Switch Online family plan. Here's everything you need to know about getting a family membership.

Family fun

Switch Online family plan

Bargain cost for groups

Get the best bang for you buck by bringing up to eight accounts together for a family plan. The annual fee is just $15 more than it would be for one user, making it a fantastic value if you've got multiple players in your household.

What is it?

The Nintendo Switch Online family plan is a group plan for online services, granting multiple users access to online multiplayer features in games, a library of more than 60 NES and SNES games, cloud storage for game data, voice chat via a smartphone app, and special offers on games and hardware.

How many people can I get on one plan?

The price point is what makes the family plan such a great option.

For one price you can have yourself and seven other people signed up under one payment. If you have a few people in your household that are Switch users it's definitely something to consider.

How do I set up a family plan?

To create a family plan you must be 18 or older and save a credit card or PayPal account to the Nintendo eShop. This will make you the admin of the family group. You can then click family group in your account menu to create an account for your child or other adult member. All members of the family group will have access to the online family plan.

How much does it cost?

While the individual membership costs $20 for a full year, a family membership costs $35 for the same time. That means the family plan is worth it if you have more than one person using it and just keeps getting better for every additional person you add.

I'm still not sure. Can I try it out?

Anyone with a Nintento Account can get a free seven-day trial of Nintendo Switch Online. Unless you turn off automatic renewal before that week is up, the trial will automatically convert to a one-month individual membership, which costs $4/month. If you decide you like the service and want to take advantage of the group discount you can then purchase a family membership. This will turn off autorenewal on your individual membership, which will then expire at the end of the duration.

The bottom line

A family membership plan is your best bet if you have multiple Switch users in the house who want to use online features. You'll get all the benefits but for a much lower price than having more than one individual account. Of course if you're playing solo you can still get the best price by heading over to Amazon for one-year membership for $20 right now.

Family fun

Switch Online family plan

Bargain cost for groups

Get the best bang for you buck by bringing up to eight accounts together for a family plan. The annual fee is just $15 more than it would be for one user, making it a fantastic value if you've got multiple players in your household.

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