Over time, Nintendo’s Switch Online service has become more than just a way to play games online. Along with SNES and NES classics and cloud save backups (for most games, save a couple dozen), Nintendo also announced discounted game vouchers yesterday.
A two-pack of these vouchers costs $99.98, and it includes many first-party (in other words, discount-averse) Nintendo games. Check out the full list, but some highlights include Fire Emblem Engage, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Bayonetta Origins: Cherry and the Lost Demon, Metroid Dread, Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. You must both be subscribers to purchase and use these vouchers.
The list is much more expansive than Nintendo’s first attempt at this deal in 2019. However, this perk could make Switch Online a must-have service because it allows you to pre-purchase up to four sets of vouchers (totaling eight games), and keep them for 12 months. Each pair of vouchers will save you $20, so buying four bundles will save you up to $80, assuming each title normally costs $59.99. This is a great way to save when buying games in the future.
I know what you’re thinking: “Can I use one on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? As of right now, Nintendo has not listed the highly anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild, which is scheduled for release on May 12th, 2023. In time for publication, Polygon reached out to Nintendo to see if it would eventually qualify.
You can get a free seven-day trial of Switch Online here, and you can subscribe directly from the Switch’s eShop ($3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 per year). Best Buy offers a digital code for $19.99 for a one-year subscription. Switch Online is available to up to eight Switch accounts with a family subscription for $34.99 per year.
As well as Goldeneye 007 and other N64 and Sega Genesis games, some Switch games come with complimentary DLC. You will need Nintendo’s Switch Online plus the Expansion Pack in order to play games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which costs $49.99 for one account and $79.99 for a family.