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Nintendo Switch Online Tops 15 Million Subscribers

Nintendo Switch Online Tops 15 Million Subscribers - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2020 / 2,746 Views

Nintendo announced during their latest financial results briefing the number of paid Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have surpassed 15 million worldwide. 

With worldwide sell-through sales of the Nintendo Switch over 48 million through December 2019, that would mean nearly one-third of Switch owners have paid for Nintendo Switch Online.

"One more point to mention is the more than 15 million accounts worldwide with a paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online, and those sales occupy a certain presence within our digital sales," said said Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.


"But while new members continue to join, there are also those who do not renew their memberships. We will continue to enhance the appeal of the service to bring more features and more fun to Nintendo Switch."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments
Eagle367 (on 31 January 2020)

Improve your damn services Ninty. I love you but you suck in this department. What are we paying you for?

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Vertigo-X Eagle367 (on 01 February 2020)

You get what you pay for, I suppose. Remind me again: is it $20 per year versus $50+ for XBL/PS+?

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Bandorr Eagle367 (on 01 February 2020)

$20 for a crappy service. With no free games. To get the ONLY feature that allows you to take your saves off your switch. Well the ones that Nintendo lets you do which is leaving you fearful that your switch may break while playing something like Animal Crossing.
Sure I'll take that trade. I'll pay more. They improve their service, give away free games monthly, and let me save ALL my damn games.

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Jranation (on 31 January 2020)

Most likely wont renew next year. I dont expect to be still playing splatoon by then. Unless the online for Animal Crossing is addicting.

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Bandorr Jranation (on 01 February 2020)

Two games you mention and neither Nintendo let you save - even after paying the money for the right to do just that.
I'm still playing Mario Kart 8, and NES/SNES games - so they probably have me for a long time.

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RolStoppable (on 31 January 2020)

The figure includes family subscriptions where theoretically up to eight accounts on one and the same Switch console can be subscribed, so it's not 15m unique Switch owners who are subscribed to Switch online like the article suggests. Likewise, you won't be able to make a good revenue estimate based on the figure Nintendo provides either, because there's no way to know how many of those 15m subscribed accounts have paid for an individual subscriptions and how many of them are part of a family cluster. It gets even more complicated when you consider that family subscriptions can be spread across up to eight different consoles that don't even have to be located in one and the same country.

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OTBWY (on 31 January 2020)

Still a member, but they need to step up! Get more games on the SNES and NES service and ffs please add GB, GBC and GBA.

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JWeinCom OTBWY (on 31 January 2020)

N64 is the one I want the most. I own most of the classic games I want in some form or another, but N64 has titles where online multiplayer would actually be a draw for me.

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Bandorr OTBWY (on 01 February 2020)

There are so many NES games I want them to add. If I remember correctly XBOX had a queue for games they wanted "updated" from 360 to XB1. I'd like Nintendo to do that here. Sure Tiny toon adventures wouldn't win any awards - but it is so far. Oh and Snow bros.

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JWeinCom OTBWY (on 01 February 2020)

Hate to break it to you, but I doubt Tiny Toons will ever make it. Too many licensing issues with old properties like that, so unless it was a really big game, they're probably not going to bother. I loved the Game Boy version though. Wish I still had it lying around.

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Bandorr OTBWY (on 01 February 2020)

Yeah I figured. But I'm sure there are still so many I would want if I looked up a list.

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gord352 (on 03 February 2020)

The online user base only being 1/3 of the total Switches out there isn't great - especially if they have people already not renewing. I think this proves they really need to add more to the service other than just cloud saves, NES/SNES games and Tetris 99. It needs to run more efficiently (how they haven't sorted this out yet is beyond me!) and add N64 games on there as well as trophies. I don't personally care about the latter but many others do care about getting online achievements.

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Zenos (on 31 January 2020)

I tried it for a while and got Smash Ultimate's online achievements, but since I rarely play multiplayer titles I didn't go back to it.

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Eagle367 Zenos (on 31 January 2020)

I only play smm2 online and I guess a large chunk of people either play smash, smm2 or Mario Kart

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JWeinCom Zenos (on 02 February 2020)

Well that's a fairly sensible decision.

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