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.