In a recent Q&A, Nintendo shared new details about the Nintendo Switch Online service, including subscriber count and future plans.
If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, chances are you’ve at least considered a Nintendo Switch Online membership. For just a few dollars each month, gamers can utilize their console to the fullest, by accessing online services and more.
With Nintendo Switch Online, gamers can access online play, cloud saves, and even an array of classic games. And while the service isn’t quite as robust as PS Plus or Xbox network, it’s still a nice bonus to have.
Now, Nintendo is revealing exactly how many Switch owners are paying for its online membership. And it looks like the company is ready to make a series of improvements to the Nintendo Switch’s subscription service.
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How Many Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Are There? – July 2021
In a new Q&A with Nintendo shareholders, the Japanese publisher reveals that there are currently over 26 million Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
As of June 2021, over 26 million users are paying for Nintendo Switch Online, with many of those accounts likely seeing use on multiple devices. But the service isn’t without its flaws, and that’s something that Nintendo hopes to improve in the near future.
It’s been nearly 3 years since the launch of Nintendo Switch Online back in September 2018. And, as the Nintendo Switch continues to out-perform even next-gen consoles, the company is looking at making improvements.
Improvements Coming to Nintendo Switch Online
Shuntaro Furukawa, Nintendo’s Representative Director and President, reports that Online memberships are still steadily growing with Switch sales. In fact, sales are still so strong that a Nintendo Switch shortage is arriving before the Pro model.
“For Nintendo Switch Online, it’s important not only to increase the number of new members, but also to encourage existing members to continue using the service,” Furukawa reveals. “So we are working on increasing the appeal of the service to make it even more fun and convenient to play with Nintendo Switch”
What this means for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, we’re not quite sure. It’s possible that the company will be looking into upgrading the existing infrastructure, but adding additional benefits for existing users would also be an option.
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