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Nintendo Switch access is now free!

By Björn Ritzl on Nov 07, 2022

Tagged as: NewsNintendo

The Defold Foundation will no longer charge a monthly fee for access to the Nintendo Switch build tools and game engine plugin.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - Nov. 7, 2022 - The Defold Foundation today announced the decision to no longer charge a monthly fee for access to the Nintendo Switch build tools and game engine plugin. Approved Nintendo Switch developers can now request access to Defold through the Nintendo Developer Portal and will upon verification receive access to the required tools and documentation. Full source code access to the Nintendo Switch specific core of the Defold engine will still only be available as a separate paid membership tier. Note that full source code access is not necessary to release games made with Defold on the Nintendo eShop.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer Nintendo Switch access for free to all verified developers. This change also aligns perfectly with the foundation’s overarching goal of making Defold available for free to developers world wide.”, said Björn Ritzl, the Defold Foundation Chairperson.

About Defold Foundation

The Defold Foundation is the owner of the free to use, developer-friendly and source available game engine Defold. The foundation works together with industry partners to provide free and open software and services to game developers across the globe. The foundation was created in May 2020 and is registered in Stockholm, Sweden.

About Defold

Defold is a free to use, source available, game engine with a developer-friendly license used for development of cross-platform games. Defold is used by a growing number of developers to create commercial hits as well as games for game jams and in schools to teach game development. Defold is known for its ease of use and it is praised for its technical documentation and friendly community of developers.


Björn Ritzl Chairperson, Defold Foundation bjorn@defold.se +46 704 335333

Mathias Westerdahl CTO, Defold Foundation mathias@defold.se

Learn more about how to start developing for Nintendo Switch using Defold in the Nintendo Switch platform manual.