The Nintendo news is coming thick and fast in the early hours of this morning, with Nintendo confirming that the long-gestating Nintendo Switch Online service will launch in September 2018. Earlier this month a posting on the official Nintendo website seemed to reveal the service would be delayed until 2019, but a quick correction re-confirmed its arrival for this year.

The service will cost $19.99 for an annual subscription, with options for a monthly subscription ($3.99) and a three-month setup ($7.99). As detailed before, the service will include access to a Classic Game Selection including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario (although these titles could change between now and launch).

The Nintendo Switch Online app, which will serve as a companion to the service, will provide players with the ability to use voice chat in lobbies, etc (depending on whether said game supports it). The app will also support SplatNet 2 for Splatoon 2 so you can check your battle stats at any time.

So we finally have a date. Let us know what you think of it. It's certainly a lot more affordable than anything offered by Sony or Microsoft...