Europeans and Japanese gamers will soon have access to free games from Nintendo, with some caveats.
The program is called ‘Game Trials,’ and Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers in the EU will be able to play Mario Tennis Aces free, for a short time. Japanese subscribers will have access to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
The program runs from August 7 to August 13 in the EU. Unlike similar programs from Sony and Microsoft, subscribers cannot keep the game after the program ends. However, if participants decide to purchase the game during the trial period, they’ll get 33% discount.
No news on what games will be part of this program in the U.S.
I’m a big fan of the Nintendo Switch. Check that, I have an irrational love for this little console. What’s not to love about the Switch? It plays Nintendo games and handles modern ports surprisingly well.
I like the Switch so much I bought Mortal Kombat 11, so that I can play it when I’m out and about, even though I have also purchased the far superior version on the Xbox One X. I also own a version of Doom for both the Switch and the Xbox One X. This makes me a completely irrational person.
Another thing that makes the Switch so enjoyable is the library of classic NES games available to Switch Online subscribers. I love playing these games even though I am now horrible at them. At least Nintendo is giving me the option to rewind after I fuck up so that I can try again.
Also, Nintendo has announced two new additions for July, just in time to take advantage of the new rewind feature.
I’m going to need this rewind feature now more than ever. My gut is telling me that I’m not going to be very good at these games anymore either.
The Nintendo Switch online service, which was originally supposed to launch in 2017 now has an official launch target of September 2018
The premium monthly subscription service, will cost $4 per month, $8 for a three-month subscription, or $20 for a year. Currently, playing online is free, but after September, logging in to play Splatoon 2 competitively will become a premium feature.
Of, course, Nintendo is sweetening the pot. Switch Online subscribers will also get access to a classic Nintendo library of games with additional online features and can play a free classic game of Nintendo’s choosing every month.