Switch Online Has More Than 8 Million Subscribed Accounts, Nintendo Working To "Expand" Service

"We are working on continuing to expand the service offerings."

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After several delays, Nintendo finally launched its paid online subscription service for Switch last September. While the company doesn't typically disclose usage numbers, it did share some insight on how the service has been faring thus far.

In its recent financial results briefing, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch Online service has more than eight million subscribed accounts. According to the company, this figure doesn't include accounts that only participated in the free trial, but it does factor in every account included under a family membership, which allows up to eight account holders across different Switch consoles to share the benefits of one subscription.

"Nintendo Switch Online has had a good start," president Shuntaro Furukawa said in the briefing. "In keeping with the goal of providing Nintendo Switch owners with 'More Games. More Features. More Fun,' we are working on continuing to expand the service offerings."

Nintendo didn't share any further details on how it will expand NSO, but during the briefing, the company teased that it is working on an unannounced Switch game that is "suitable" for the service (via Siliconera), presumably meaning it will emphasize online play. Rumors have circulated that SNES games could also be coming to the service, although Nintendo hasn't confirmed this.

Much like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, the Nintendo Switch Online service is required to play Nintendo Switch games online. It gives subscribers a few other benefits as well, such as the ability to back up their save data to the cloud and exclusive access to a library of classic NES games. NSO subscribers are also eligible for "special offers," such as an exclusive set of NES-style controllers for Switch.

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virtual console plz

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Crazy how many joined this terrible service.

I mean you cant even sends a message.

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Right now the online service is not as big as it should be however at least it is not asking anyone to pay $50 or more in which I would have laughed if they did.

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I was originally going to subscribe but so far there has been no reason to. I really hope Nintendo ups their game in 2019.

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Maybe if we’re lucky we’ll have messaging and other basic functions in 2029

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just give us SNES or N64 games. Or GBA...You are sitting on tons of franchises and only barking on anybody trying to revive them. Put them to use :I

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@Kyrylo: BC is great and on Xbox One X some games are 4K enhanced including old Xbox games

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@tibua: what it has to do with nintendo online?

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@Kyrylo: I agree, I love my Switch and have been enjoying the online service. But it is really annoying to see that people who have hacked the console already have access to SNES and N64 games. While the best we get when it comes to retro gaming is currently limited to a small library of NES titles.

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@Kyrylo: I was talking about this today with someone I know. Would totally love some virtual console SNES and N64 on the Switch. Maybe even expand to gamecube gems.

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@Sorrow_316: I would too, the picking for me right now is slim to none.

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No Super Metriod/ Mario World/ no buy.

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