Nintendo Switch is set to launch its online service next week.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

The gaming giant Nintendo released its newest console last year, and after several delays, it is finally ready to launch its exclusive paid-for online service to customers, starting on September 18.

In a tweet made by Nintendo of America, they announced: "#NintendoSwitchOnline memberships will start on 9/18. You can sign-up for a 7-day free trial from Nintendo #eShop at launch! We will introduce more information during the Nintendo Direct on 9/13. (sic)"

Nintendo Switch Online allows players to take their games online to battle against real players in titles such as 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' and 'Splatoon 2'. The feature was previously free for a year whilst Nintendo finalised details of the service, but will now require a subscription.

The subscription service will also allow users to save their data online to a Cloud Backup service, access a Nintendo Switch Online app, and even grants access to the special Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) on the online store, which hosts 20 classic games that were first released on the NES console.

Nintendo Switch Online costs $3.99 a month, or $19.99 annually, and gamers can kickstart their online experience with a seven-day free trial when the service launches next week.