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Update: Nintendo has kindly reminded us that its current free trial offer for Nintendo Switch Online ends tomorrow. Make sure to get on it over the next couple of days if you were thinking of signing up (full details and a word of warning about automatic renewals can be found in our original article below).

Original Article (Mon 23rd Aug, 2021 10:00 BST): All Switch owners across Europe can currently claim a free trial of Nintendo Switch Online, even if you've already made use of one in the past.

You can do so by heading to this page on the official My Nintendo website; as long as you sign in with your Nintendo account, you'll be able to grab the free 7-day trial and throw yourself into some online games. Under usual circumstances, using up a free trial leaves you with the option of either paying for a subscription or giving up the service's benefits, so opportunities to claim a second trial don't always come around.

You have until 10th September to claim your trial – just remember that if you do sign up, Nintendo's cheeky system will set you up for an automatic renewal and will charge you for a month's subscription once the trial is over. To avoid this, head on over to your Account Information in the Nintendo eShop, and adjust your automatic renewal settings.

As well as giving you the ability to play games online, Nintendo's Switch Online service also includes access to libraries of NES and SNES games and Save Data Cloud support.