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Nintendo is considering “various initiatives” and “further improvements” for the Switch online service

Nintendo is considering "various initiatives" and "further improvements" for the Switch online service
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Earlier this week, Nintendo’s latest financial report revealed that Switch Online subscriptions have now “surpassed” 36 million paid memberships — up around four million subscribers from a year ago.

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa was also asked about the future of the service – explaining how Nintendo is “considering various initiatives” as well as “further improvements to the content of the service” to keep players coming back for more. Here’s the full exchange from Nintendo’s Q&A recap:

What kind of initiatives are you considering to further increase the number of Nintendo Switch Online members and increase the enthusiasm of existing members?

Furukawa: “As of September 2022, the number of paid Nintendo Switch Online members has surpassed 36 million. While there are some users who choose not to renew their membership once it expires, the number of members overall is increasing along with the increase in people playing Nintendo In addition, the “Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack” service is making that we launched last year is accounting for a gradually increasing share of total memberships, due in part to the addition of Nintendo 64 titles.

“The goal of Nintendo Switch Online as a service is to help users enjoy gaming on Nintendo Switch for a long time, so we are considering various initiatives, including further improvements to the content of the service, which aims to support the Nintendo Account continue to use to maintain long, positive relationships with our customers. In line with this strategy, we consider Nintendo Switch Online as our initiative to encourage our users to enjoy Nintendo Switch for many years to come.”


Although Nintendo revealed the overall increase in Switch Online subscribers, it didn’t break down the exact number of expansion pack users. The Expansion Pack level adds the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive library and add-on content for games.

The latest batch of N64 titles was announced in September – including revealing titles such as mario party, Pilot wings 64, Pokémon Stadiumand even the return of Rare’s legendary first-person shooter Goldeye 007.

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