In an unexpected bid to entertain more customers, the Nintendo Switch Online free trial has been reset in Europe so that every eligible owner can partake.
When Nintendo Switch Online first came about in 2018, it was regarded with some dismay by a lot of Switch owners.
The service is more or less a clone of Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live.
What ticked off so many Switch gamers is that it seems like just another way to squeeze more money from them.
Switch Online costs $3.99 per month and provides access to online gaming features and some free games.
While this sounds good on the face of it, companies such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo make these charged features a necessity rather than an option for most games.
For example, Red Dead Redemption 2 has an offline story mode, but a paid PS Plus subscription is still required to play it.
Some titles may even require an active online subscription to make game saves and some features that were previously free now require a subscription.
Essentially, the console industry has figured out a way to make us pay for expensive machines and then charge us a monthly fee for the privilege of even owning one.
To be fair, Sony and Microsoft offer free monthly games, and they are usually pretty good, relevant and not too old.
Since January, PS Plus has given away all of the Uncharted games, all BioShock titles, The Sims 4 and Nioh to name a few.
Switch Online offers some free games, but they are not that good, irrelevant and very old as they are NES and SNES games from the ’80s and ’90s.
Nintendo has never given Switch Online subscribers any current generation titles to enjoy on their console.
It wouldn’t break the bank for Nintendo to offer some of the console’s first released titles such as Super Bomberman R or Just Dance 2017.
When Switch Online was implemented in 2018, Nintendo offered a free one year trial to some customers, which has since ended.
Now they are offering a free 7-day trial to everyone, even those who have taken advantage of previous free trials, essentially resetting the trial status of all customers.
At the moment the trial announcement only mentions Europe.
However, I would definitely expect Nintendo to roll this out globally over the next month so don’t despair if you live outside this territory.
If this is something you are curious about then the Nintendo Switch Online free trial in Europe is active now.
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