Nintendo has announced that Nintendo Switch Online has reached over 9.8 million subscribers since the service launched in September 2018.
The news was announced in a financial results briefing on April 26th.
The 9.8 million subscriber count is a global total, including family accounts, but not the free trial subscriptions. Nintendo revealed last week that 34.74 million Nintendo Switch units have been sold since the console’s launch in March 2017. That means that almost a third of Switch owners have subscribed to the online service. Quite remarkable.
The sharp uptake of Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions could be attributed in some way to Twitch offering a free subscription to the service for connecting your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account.
Nintendo Switch Online is vastly cheaper than PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, costing £17.99 for an annual subscription, compared to the RRP of £49.99 for the online services of Xbox and PlayStation. Of course both PlayStation and Xbox offer free monthly games from the last two console generations, so the higher price of those services can be easily justified.
Nintendo Switch Online gives players the opportunity to play online multiplayer in games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2. The service also provides a Netflix style game library where users can dip into a regularly updated list of classic NES games. The most important reason to subscribe to the service is undoubtedly the cloud save feature, allowing you to safely back-up your 200 hour Breath of the Wild save file.
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