At the most recent shareholder’s questions and answers session, current Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa announced that the Nintendo Switch Online service had reached the 10 million subscriber milestone. This would account for just under 25 percent of total owners.
When asked about how Nintendo plans to enhance the online service going forward, which up to this point despite the low price point feels weak. Furukawa responded with…
The number of subscribers for Nintendo Switch Online has increased steadily since the service was launched last September, and it has now surpassed 10 million accounts. Nintendo Switch Online provides users the ability to play Nintendo Switch games over the internet, both competitively and cooperatively. It also provides services such as Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Save Data Cloud Backup, and smartphone application services such as online lobbies and voice chat. In addition, we provided TETRIS 99 as a special offer to Nintendo Switch Online members this February, and then in May, began selling Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers that allow users to purchase two Nintendo Switch download titles at a discount. We recognize that making the Nintendo Switch Online service attractive to users is extremely important, and will continue to make the content of the service even more appealing going forward.
Furukawa also commented on the addition of titles from past consoles being added to the Nintendo Switch Online service with the following quote.
We cannot provide any new information about how or in what form software developed for past platforms will be delivered to consumers in the future, but we are currently offering Nintendo Entertainment System titles as part of the Nintendo Switch Online service. This is just one of a variety of forms in which consumers could play past titles, and we’d like to deliver them in some form. We are very aware that many of our consumers have been asking for a way to play older titles like this
Does this mean we can plan to see more consoles added to the service? They are listening to the consumers, so we need to keep our voices heard.