Nintendo clarifies the in-game purchase option for those who don’t have Switch Online.
Recently, the official website for Pokemon Sword and Shield stated that there would be an “in-game purchase” option for those who didn’t have Nintendo Switch Online. Since a subscription is required for accessing the game’s multiplayer features, we took this as a sign that Nintendo was offering a stripped down version of online access. As it turns, this isn’t the case.
Speaking to TechRadar, a Nintendo of America spokesperson said, “As stated on the Game Store pages for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games at www.nintendo.com, a Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the games’ online features. The games include an in-game option to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership for those who do not already have one.”
So what you’ll actually be getting in-game isn’t just multiplayer access but the ability to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online. Currently, you can purchase a Switch Online subscription for $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 for one year. The service also offers cloud save backup and free NES and SNES titles.