The best cheap Nintendo Switch Online deals in December 2022

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If you're like us and love jumping online for a race in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a brawl in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or a hunt in Monster Hunter Rise with friends then you'll want to check out these Nintendo Switch Online deals. 

Right here, we'll help you save as much as possible on your next subscription fee, so you can access online multiplayer, enjoy a range of NES and SNES titles, and have access to cloud saves and other limited-time events for less.

Knowing you've secured a deal will make that blue shell victory even sweeter, or allow you to kick back with access to some free NES and SNES classics on the Nintendo Switch. We've also noticed more Nintendo Switch bundles that offer free trials and discounted memberships, so if you're still looking to pick up a console there's plenty of room to save.

We haven't seen the price for Nintendo Switch Online change since the service launched back in 2017. We're not complaining, though, as it already comes in far cheaper than the best PlayStation Plus deals or Xbox Game Pass deals

However, the addition of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack means there's another membership tier to consider if you want access to DLC for Animal Crossing New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe included in the price. Find offers for both tiers below.

The best Nintendo Switch Online deals

Nintendo Switch Online prices are far cheaper than those found on Xbox and PlayStation, costing just $19.99 / £17.99 / AU$29.95 for a 12-month subscription. 

This is Nintendo we're talking about, though - so there aren't many Nintendo Switch Online deals out there. 

However, it's already pretty cheap and sales events may yield a lower price tag than that MSRP. We're bringing you all the best Nintendo Switch Online deals via our price comparison technology below.

Nintendo Switch Online: 12 month memberships

If you're in it for the long haul, you'll find excellent value in the 12 month membership. Sitting under $20 / £20 you're paying far less than the price of a game to pick up a year's access to plenty of retro titles, online play, cloud saves and exclusive timed event games as well.

Nintendo Switch Online: 3 month memberships

If you're just looking to get some online multiplayer Mario Kart action going, you might want to pick up a quick subscription. This isn't one for regular online play over the course of the year, however, as you'll find better value in the longer Nintendo Switch Online deals above.

What's included with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription?

If you have an online subscription with any of the other consoles, you're looking at a similar setup with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Firstly, you need it to play multiplayer games online. So Splatoon 2 shootouts, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe races, Diablo III raids and the like will need an Online sub from now on. However, if a game is classed as free-to-play on the Nintendo store, you won't need a sub to play online - yes that includes Fortnite!

Nintendo Switch Online also includes cloud saves for you to backup save files online. This is great if your save file on the console becomes corrupted, you accidentally delete it, or you buy a new console in a few years time if Nintendo release a Nintendo Switch Slim or the like.

The service also gives you access to the new mobile app which will show you in-game stats, give you access to voice-chat functions and more details that'll be tailored to specific games in the future.

There are some free games to enjoy while your subscription is active, too. For now, these are retro NES and SNES titles, as well as timed event games.

If you're here doing your research and still considering buying the console itself, we've rounded up the best Nintendo Switch Lite deals, too. 

We've also got the latest Nintendo Switch Joy-Con deals if you need some new controllers, or if you want that traditional console feel, you'll have to check out where to get a cheap Nintendo Switch Pro Controller as well.

James Pickard
Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.