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The five most popular games with Nintendo Switch Online

You’re the proud owner of a Nintendo Switch - or you’re planning to buy one soon. Eitherway, you’ve probably considered buying a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. You’ve read that you can save your progress in the cloud, and that you can play with your friends online. All great benefits, of course. But what you really want to know is: what are the best Nintendo Switch Games that support Nintendo Switch Online? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Published on: 14-02-2022

1. Smash your friends online in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

All Super Smash Bros Ultimate Heroes

Source: Nintendo

The online features of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are super cool. Online, you can fight against your friends, but you can also challenge complete strangers. If you’d rather play with your friends, you can create a private room to invite them. You can even use the Nintendo Switch Online special smartphone app to voice chat with your friends - while playing. Nice, huh? 

Do you prefer playing against random people from all over the world? Then choose ‘Smash’, which will matchmake you with opponents based on your smash power and preferred ruleset. If you have a friend over and you own a second set of controllers, then you can choose the ‘Co-op’ mode, to play against each other - or to take on rivals together!  

Another great feature is the ‘Spectator Mode’, in which you can watch other players battle each other. Predict who you think will win and gain points based on correct predictions! Reasons enough to give Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nintendo Switch Online a try, right? 

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
£59.99
 

2. Trade and evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends Arceus artwork

Source: Nintendo

In de allernieuwste Pokémon game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, kun je helaas niet online vechten met andere spelers. Maar je kunt gelukkig wel nog steeds met elkaar ruilen! 

Nadat je een aantal main quests hebt voltooid, kun je in Jubilife Village kennismaken met Simona. Zij vraagt je of je lokaal of op afstand wil traden. Wat je ook kiest, het is de bedoeling dat je een ‘Link Code’ invult. Dit is een 8 cijferige code die jij, en de persoon waarmee je ruilt, identiek in moeten vullen. 

Pokémon evolueren zonder te traden

Waar je bij andere games bepaalde Pokémon alleen kon evolueren door te ruilen, kun je nu ook zonder te ruilen deze Pokémon evolueren. Hiervoor heb je wel een ‘Linking Cord’ nodig. Dit item kun je, zoals alle andere ‘evolutionary items’, voor Merit Points bij Simona kopen. Ruilen met je vrienden blijft daarom nog steeds de goedkoopste en beste manier! Pokémon die je door te ruilen of met de Linking Cord kunt evolueren zijn:

  • Graveler → Golem
  • Haunter → Gengar
  • Kadabra → Alakazam
  • Machoke → Machamp

Pokémon Legends: Arceus
£49.99
 

3. Sabotage your friends online in Mario Party Superstars

Mario, Peach, Luigi and Yoshi happy and jumping

Source: Nintendo

Do you remember the days of Mario Party on the Nintendo 64: making your friends’ lives miserable by stealing their stars, and whatnot? Well, good news! With Mario Party Superstars you can relive those fun times - even online! 

In Mario Party Superstars you have a few options to play online. First off, there’s the ‘Online Play’ option. If you enter this mode and select the ‘Global Game’ option, you’ll be matched with random players online. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to communicate with the players you’ll meet here, but it’s tons of fun anyway.

If you want to play against your best buddies, you can opt for a ‘Friend Game’. Select your friends - or rivals - to play together with them. You can even give someone the access code to your lobby if you want to start a game together. We are very excited for these online options, how about you?   

Mario Party Superstars
£49.99
 

4. Trade, battle or show off your Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond cross Shining Pearl

Source: Pokemon.com

In the remakes of the over 15-year-old Nintendo DS games, you can not only trade Pokémon online; you can also engage in battles and dig up fossils together in the Grand Underground. Another fun feature is the addition of Super Contest Shows in which you can show off your Pokémon and win prizes! Note that these options will require a software update to function properly. 

So how does it work? Well, in the game you can go to different Rooms. Head over to the Union Room to trade Pokémon locally or online, or to battle other trainers. 

If you choose the Local Room, you can only trade and fight with a local connection. Whereas if you head over to the Global Room, you can join players from all over the world to battle, trade, and perform other online activities. 

Pokémon Shining Pearl
£49.99
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
£49.99
 

5. Visit your friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons artwork

Source: Nintendo

With the help of Mayor Tom Nook and some NPC neighbours it’s easy to set up your island with your own little house, a shop, a museum and whatnot. But wouldn’t it be fun to share your island adventures with your best friends? You can make it happen with Nintendo Switch Online! 

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons you can invite your friends over to your island, or you can visit their island. It's important that you add your friends to your Nintendo Switch friend list first, in order to invite them to your island or to visit theirs. You can do this by sending them your unique Switch Friend code. 

How can I invite or visit friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? 

All you have to do is head over to the Dodo Airlines Airport and talk to the friendly bird behind the counter, named Orville. Select the option ‘I want visitors’ if you want to invite your friends over. 

If you want to visit a friend, choose the option ‘I wanna fly!’. Then select ‘I want to visit someone’. You can either search for a friend or play with someone by sharing your Dodo Code. Easy, right? 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
£49.99
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise
£20.98
 

Buy a Nintendo Switch Online membership at Startselect!

At this point in the article, you’re probably pretty pumped to get yourself a Nintendo Switch Online membership. As an official Nintendo partner, we offer a quick and safe way to obtain your Nintendo Switch Online membership. All you have to do is choose your desired subscription, enter your code and enjoy. Start, select, play!

Nintendo Switch Online 12 months
£17.17
Nintendo Switch Online 12 months | Family subscription
£29.52
Nintendo Switch Online 3 months
£6.75
 


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