The Nintendo Switch’s online service may not be everyone’s cup up tea but the companies president, Shuntaro Furukawa, has previously said at the start of this year that new members continue to join and that more then 15 million users has signed up since the 2018 launch.
During the latest conference call, Furukawa was asked for an update. But while he wasn’t willing to reveal the latest figures in the terms of subscribers, he did again mention how the video game giant was eager to increase the appeal of the service and had said that memberships have been increasing steadily since the launch of the online titles such as; Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
“Regarding the number of paid memberships for Nintendo Switch Online, we do not plan to disclose a specific number this time, but memberships are increasing steadily with the expanding hardware install base beyond 15 million accounts. The number we have already announced at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in Jan 2020. The number of paid memberships has particularly grown since the release of titles that support online play, like Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. By adding elements that make games even more fun to play and by increasing the appeal of the service itself. We hope to continuously grow this into a service that makes Nintendo Switch even more enjoyable and convenient for consumers to play. -Shuntaro Furukawa
Nintendo wanting to increase the Nintendo Switch’s online appeal is nothing new. In fact, Shuntaro has talked about boosting the service with more games, more features, and just more fun since November of 2018. He has also noted back then how it would take a lot of time.
“We need to further enhance the content of the service for the subscriber base to reach a certain size. So that’s what we are working on, with the understanding that the time it’ll take to do so will be measured in year.” -Shuntaro Furukawa
Recently, Nintendo announced it’s bolstering its SNES and NES Switch online libraries with another four games which include; Wild Guns, Operation Logic Bomb, Panel de Pon, and Rygar. All of the games I have just mentioned will be releasing on May 20, 2020.