So the financial earnings from Nintendo’s fiscal year 2020 was released on Thursday which shows that popularity for the Nintendo Switch keeps on growing. With over 55 million in Switch console sales, the releases of Animal Crossing and Pokemon Sword and Shield seem to indicate a rise in Switch Online subscriptions. Both of these games offer a great deal in terms of online functionality and Nintendo have credited them as a big contributor to the increase in subscriptions.
It’s not too hard to believe when New Horizons is the fastest selling game in the Animal Crossing franchise managing to sell 11 million units in just 11 days. What’s more is that sales haven’t slowed during the COVID-19 lockdown, if anything it’s remained consistent with around 50% being in digital sales. It would seem it’s brought people closer together, I myself have had friends and family pick up a subscription just so we can visit each other’s islands to spend time together. Due to many events being postponed, people have been holding gatherings such as weddings and birthdays to make up for cancelled plans.
NEW TO SWITCH ONLINE?
If you’ve not had the chance to try Switch Online yet, a recent tweet from @NintendoEurope stated players can try the service free for 7 days. Considering this is from Nintendo of Europe it’s unconfirmed whether this is available worldwide but, players who’ve had a free trial before will be able to try it again. But is Switch Online really worth it? Currently the service offers users the ability to play classic NES and SNES games, access to cloud saves and other benefits at a reasonable price.
Compared to other platforms Nintendo’s online service seems to fall short. Some games lack the support needed to have a fully enjoyable online experience and voice chat requires a mobile app. The classic games haven’t seen an update since February, that being said it’s a lot cheaper than other services. A year subscription will only set you back £17.99 and there are plenty of games that allow online play. On top of that up to 8 players can share a family membership for £31.49 which is great for households with multiple Switch consoles such as student housing or families who have to share multiple profiles on one console.
Whatever drawbacks the service may have now though Nintendo hope to prove in the future. It would be nice to see the service get more support especially now it has such a big player base but for now we’ll have to see what the next year brings! How are you finding Switch Online? What are your hopes for the year to come? Let us know down in the comments below!