Nintendo Switch Online Magazine: August Edition

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Welcome to the Nintendo Switch Online Magazine! This August we celebrated the expansion of our classic libraries of games, online events and much more.

Find out what’s new for Nintendo Switch Online members here at Nintendo Switch Online Magazine – August Edition!

What’s New?

Starting on 30/08, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can play the classic Excitebike 64 game at no additional cost.

Originally released on the Nintendo 64 system in 2000, this title brought sharp trick mechanics, engaging competitive play and a music track straight outta the 90s!

NSO Magazine August 2023 Edition Excite Bike

The Game Boy Classic Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Now Available!

Build a deck, battle tough opponents, and prove yourself worthy of the Legendary Pokémon Cards in this classic Game Boy Color adventure, now playable with your membership!

NSO Magazine August 2023 Edition Pokemon Trading Card Game

The Nintendo 64 Classic Pokémon Stadium 2 Is Now Available!

Pokémon Stadium 2 has joined the Nintendo 64 classic line-up! Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can now play both Pokémon Stadium games.

NSO Magazine August 2023 Edition Pokemon Stadium 2

The Splatoon 3 AU/NZ Championship qualifiers splashed down this August!

Squads of Inklings and Octolings splatted it out to determine the two teams that will be going on to compete in the LIVE finals at PAX Australia 2023 on 08/10!

Check out the winners and runners-up here.

Now it’s time to join the Mario Kart AU/NZ Championship – qualifiers take off from the starting line as soon as 01/09!

Learn how to participate here.

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Share the Smiles with Online Play

Take out rivals and team up with friends online in these new titles:

Try for Free with Game Trials!

As you might’ve noticed, there are three games you can try for free this month. How exciting!

Between 25/08 – 31/08, Nintendo Switch Online members can play the full games: Don't Starve Together, Golf With Your Friends and Puyo Puyo Tetris® 2.

NSO Magazine August 2023 Edition Game Trials

Enjoyed the Game Trial and want to play more? All three titles can be purchased at the following discounts until 03/09!

Keep an eye out for the next exciting Game Trial announcement!

Get Involved with Special Online Events

Play Tera Raid Battle* events in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet!

To prepare for the appearance of Mewtwo with the Mightiest Mark, between 09/08 – 18/08 and 01/09 – 18/09, Scizor, Blissey and Hydreigon will be appearing more frequently in Tera Raid Battles.

NSO Magazine August 2023 Edition Tera Raid Battle

Lead your team to victory in the new Splatfest event!

From 12/08 – 14/08, Splatoon 3 players were able to choose between Money, Fame or Love in the latest Splatfest. Congratulations to the winning team, Money!

NSO Magazine August 2023 Edition Splatfest

Don't forget to check the Nintendo Switch Online app on your Nintendo Switch device for updates on the next special online event!

Check Out the Latest Missions & Rewards

Low on Platinum Points? No worries!

Play Super NES software: Donkey Kong Country before 05/09 to earn 50 Platinum Points!

Use your Platinum Points to redeem these icon parts:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - August

These icon parts were available this month:

  • Pikmin 4

  • Splatoon 3

Missed out? Watch this space so you don’t miss the latest updates!

Fun Fact

Did you know all participants in the Splatoon 3 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe AU/NZ Championship will receive 50 Platinum Points per day just for playing?

What are you waiting for? Head to for more information!

Happy gaming, everyone! Looking forward to next month with even more Nintendo Switch Online fun!

Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem points. Terms apply (

A paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online is required to use Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Game Boy – Nintendo Switch online. A paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is required to use Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, and SEGA Mega Drive – Nintendo Switch Online.

*To encounter Pokémon featured in Tera Raid Battle events, players need to have downloaded the latest Poké Portal News. Poké Portal News will automatically download if their Nintendo Switch system is connected to the internet.