Fortnite has taken the world by storm over the past few years. It’s a wildly popular sensation among the younger generation, easy to play with friends. Even some in the older generation have gotten into the game as well. But the question on a lot of people’s minds is: Can you play Fortnite on a Nintendo Switch?
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is one of the most popular battle royale games out right now. The developers are constantly updating the game with new gameplay modes, weapons, items, and more. There have also been events with giant monster battles, Marvel crossovers, a meteor crash, and even a live concert with Marshmello.
But the heart of the game is a standard battle royale experience. In a game of 100 total players, your mission is to be the last player standing. How you survive is up to you – go defensive and build forts or offensive and take out opponents one by one. Every game feels different, and that’s why Fortnite is such an innovative game.
Can you play Fortnite on a Nintendo Switch?
The short answer: Yes.
The long answer: Fortnite is a digital-only download for the Switch and you have to either create an Epic Games account or link your existing account before you can start playing.
How to get Fortnite on a Nintendo Switch
There are “physical copies,” so to speak, of Fortnite, but there’s not a physical game cartridge inside. Inside the case, you’ll find a digital code along with some in-game extras (the extra things are what you are actually paying for when you buy a “physical copy” of the game).
The easiest way to get Fortnite on a Nintendo Switch is to download it directly from the Nintendo eShop. After accessing your Nintendo eShop, you’ll do a quick search for Fortnite and start the free download. After it downloads, you’ll have to either link an existing Epic Games account or create a new account. Then, you can start playing!
If you already have an Epic Games account and you’ve already played Fortnite on your PC, PS4, or any other platform the game is offered on, here’s some great news: the game offers crossplay, so no matter which platform you choose to play on, you’ll always pick up where you left off. All your game progress and user data is saved to your Epic Games cloud and synced across all devices and platforms. So your friends list, your progress, your purchased content – pretty much everything except for V-bucks – will always sync up with your various devices.
Is Fortnite free on Nintendo Switch?
The best thing about Fortnite is that it is completely free to download on the Nintendo Switch!
There are some multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch that require you to have a Switch Online membership. A lot of Nintendo exclusives require this; just to name a few, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Smash Bros.
When Nintendo initially launched the Switch Online service, Fortnite was specifically listed as one of the games that did not require a Switch Online membership. Of course, this could always change in the future. But for now, Fortnite is completely free-to-play on the Nintendo Switch and does not require a paid Switch Online membership to play.