During the last meeting with the shareholders, in addition to updating the count of Switches sold and the ranking of the best-selling Nintendo video games, the Kyoto house also spoke about the subscription service Nintendo Switch Onlinewhich appears to be healthy and growing, although – by the president’s own admission – still perfectible.
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa first of all pitted the number of subscribers, which rose to 36 million (it was 32 million exactly one year ago). After the launch last year, the Additional Package is also gaining acceptance, with an increasing number of subscribers choosing to upgrade. Thanks, according to Furukawa, to the addition of the new games for Nintendo 64. Pilotwings 64, Mario Party and Mario Party 2 have recently arrived, while 007 Goldeneye is expected to arrive soon. Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, Snowboarding 1080 ° and Exitebike 64 are planned for next year.
“In September, the number of paying members of Nintendo Switch Online has surpassed 36 million“, Furukawa explained.” Although there are some users who choose not to renew their subscription after it expires, the total number of members has grown overall, along with the number of people playing Nintendo Switch and the games they support. the online. In addition, Nintendo Switch Online + Add-on Package, which was launched last year, is growing in proportion to the total number of subscribers, also thanks to the addition of Nintendo 64 games. “The number of active players on Nintendo Switch amounts to 106 million, out of a total of 114 million consoles sold.
Despite the growing numbers, Furukawa is convinced that even better can be done. To this end, he said that several initiatives will be put into practice to improve the service’s content: “The goal of Nintendo Switch Online as a service is to help people enjoy playing Nintendo Switch for long periods of time,” therefore we are considering various initiatives, including more improvements to the contents of the service“Unfortunately, the president did not explain the plans for the expansion in detail, so we just have to wait for them to be put into practice. What would you like to see in Nintendo Switch Online?