Nintendo Switch Online is very, very close to reaching 10 million subscribers.
Revealed in a financial results briefing for the fiscal year ending March 2019, Nintendo reported that NSO subscriptions have exceeded 9.8 million accounts (excluding free trail memberships) after it went live last September. While we know this figure includes family memberships, it’s unclear what the current breakdown of membership types are.
As it stands, NSO costs $4 for a one month subscription, $8 for three months, $20 for a year, and $35 for an annual Family Membership, which allows up to eight Nintendo Account holders to use the service on different systems. You can brush up on NSO’s complete service description here, which includes cloud saves, online play, and a growing library of NES games. There’s also some evidence that SNES games may be added in the future.
Nintendo reported that NSO surpassed 8 million subscribers in January, meaning the service has gained nearly 2 million new subscribers in the last few months. Nintendo also revealed in January that Switch sales have passed 32 million units, meaning less than a third of Switch’s install base is paying for NSO. With all of this in mind, NSO is on track to surpass 10 million subscribers very soon.
Nintendo also revealed in its financial results briefing that Tetris 99, the battle royale-like Tetris game that comes included with NSO, has been played by 2.8 million accounts since its launch in February. Nintendo says it plans to implement in-game events into Tetris 99 to encourage players to keep coming to the game.
In our review of Tetris 99, we called it “Great” saying it’s “A riveting take on an all-time classic, Tetris 99 is wondrous pandemonium in a (battle royale) bottle.”
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