Nintendo is full of surprises lately. It courted Microsoft and released an indie Legend of Zelda title called Cadence of Hyrule. It’s putting Mortal Kombat 11 on Switch and Joker in Smash. It appears to be embracing a “play nice with others” motto that we’ve never before seen from the company. And Amazon’s Twitch Prime is the next suitor, with a new offer for Twitch Prime patrons and Switch players.
Twitch Prime is giving its users a free year of Nintendo Switch Online, the companies announced. Because Nintendo always has to be a bit zany, the first three months come in one pack and are then followed by a nine-month pack. The free year will get added to current subscriptions, meaning if you just bought a year of Nintendo Switch Online, you now have two. Starting Thursday, Twitch Prime members can claim their first three months, and the additional nine months will become available 60 days after.
For those who don’t know, Twitch Prime is a service that comes free with a valid Amazon Prime account, and it packs a notorious amount of rad gamer loot. For example, this month Twitch Prime users have access to free PC games, along with loot for titles like Apex Legends and Overwatch.
Switch Online is Nintendo’s online play subscription service, with online multiplayer and leaderboards. Though it was the last console to launch an online service, it did please gamers with its significantly lower price point: only $ 19.99 a year (or $ 34.99 for a family plan for up to seven Switch users). This comes in shockingly low compared to the cost of Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, which are each $ 59.99 for a full year. Along with the lower price point, Switch owners also get access to the NES library, which is updated every month with new classics. All that, and they’re still trying to give it away for free.
Twitch Prime users have until September 24 to claim the first three months, and until January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine months; you can start claiming here. We’ve seen an uncharacteristic—and exciting—level of collaboration from Nintendo recently, widely expanding its resources and support. Nintendo clearly still has a lot of gems to announce, and I for one can’t wait for whatever else is in store.