Nintendo Switch Online: Despite Criticism, Over 32 Million Players Have Already Subscribed

At Nintendo’s latest Corporate Management Briefing, it was revealed that its paid online subscription service, Nintendo Switch Online, had over 32 million members as of September 2021.

As of September 30, Nintendo Switch Online had more than 32 million paid subscribers, a small portion of the 250 million registered Nintendo accounts worldwide.

That’s also about a third of the 92.87 million Nintendo Switch units sold since the system’s launch five years ago.

It’s also 6 million more than the 26 million subscriptions Nintendo announced this time last year. We imagine that this success is largely due to the additional benefits players receive, including the new Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise DLC.

As a reminder, the classic Nintendo Switch Online subscription also gives you access to online multiplayer, classic NES and SNES games and cloud saves.


Although the Nintendo Switch Online subscription is a success, this is not the case for the new “Additional Pack” subscription, which is available for 50 euros per year, compared to 20 euros for the classic subscription.

The company hasn’t released any figures about the “Additional Pack” subscribers and may never do so.

Indeed, the trailer for the add-on pack recently became the Japanese manufacturer’s most hated video on YouTube.

The Add-on Pack adds extra services such as N64 and Sega Genesis games to the other benefits of the classic subscription.

You can even play the games on your Nintendo Switch using the new N64 and Sega Genesis controllers that the manufacturer unveiled in conjunction with the release of the add-on pack.

Unfortunately for the more nostalgic gamers, the N64 controller is already out of stock, and you’ll have to wait until 2022 to get your hands on it.

Despite repeated complaints about the quality and price of its new subscription, the company said it would continue to “strive to provide services that satisfy consumers.”

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