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Nintendo President: Switch Online to Expand With New Services and Content

Nintendo President: Switch Online to Expand With New Services and Content - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 4 days ago / 5,126 Views

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa speaking in a call to investors translated by VideoGamesChronicle discussed Nintendo Switch Online and says they plan to expand it with new services and content.

"The total subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online has not been updated from the 32 million subscribers we disclosed last September, but it is gradually increasing as the sales of Nintendo Switches increases," said Furukawa.

"Of course, there are customers who allow their subscribership to expire, and then they don’t renew, so we believe it is important to continue releasing software that allows players to continue enjoying, not only online play, but also enhances their overall experience.

Nintendo President: Switch Online to Expand With New Services and Content

"We will continue to expand our services and create new content for our customers throughout this year."

It has been rumored Nintendo plans to add Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulators to Nintendo Online. 

A leak reports Nintendo has been testing the emulators and they are called Hiyoko for the Game Boy/Game Boy Color and Sloop for the Game Boy Advance. The leaks makes it look like the emulators were developed by Nintendo's Europe R&D team.


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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18 Comments
progstarmac (4 days ago)

Just bring gamecube games

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Nah, saving that and Wii for switch 2.

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they have a working emulator that runs 3d all stars so they could

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They could. I just don't think they will. That'll be the hook to upgrade to the new system in a few years.

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Ka-pi96 (4 days ago)

Bad news.

I'm all for new features, but they shouldn't require a subscription! Either make them free, or if it's something like game emulation have it as a one time fee. None of this monthly payment rubbish.

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Kakadu18 (4 days ago)

Of course they will. Slooooowly.

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By the time most of the world is underwater it seems.

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Ninhut (4 days ago)

my suggestion would be to bring all the old games (gamecube,wii,wiiu,ds,3ds,etc.) for that I would also pay 60€/63$ per month

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Jumpin Ninhut (4 days ago)

That would be tits. But probably too much of a premium given Nintendo’s MO of being targeting low rates. More likely it’ll be a much slower rollout without much to any big price expansions beyond phasing out old contracts to keep up with inflation rates. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea (personally speaking).

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Kristof81 Ninhut (4 days ago)

$63 per month?! Thanks but no thanks

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Kakadu18 Ninhut (4 days ago)

Lol, that would be 15 times the current price.

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SvenTheTurkey Kakadu18 (21 hours ago)

Yeah. Probably meant to say per year.

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Slownenberg (2 days ago)

Just keep gradually filling out the current systems libraries, and add GB and GBA next year. And keep adding the occasional DLC to the service. Every once in a while add more free new games like Tetris 99 and Pacman 99 (they should bring back Mario 35 since it is already created and they just worthlessly took it off the service). By the time Switch 2 comes out in 2-3 years the NES/SNES/Genesis/N64/GB/GBA libraries will be pretty much fully built out, and then they can add GC library during Switch 2 lifecycle.

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gtotheunit91 (4 days ago)

Having all 3 Game Boy systems would be fantastic for sure, but I really want to see Nintendo improve their online service in general, which is what I'm hoping Furukawa is referring to by "continue to expand our services"

It still blows my mind that Monster Hunter Rise and Pokémon Legends: Arceus are the only games that utilize Nintendo's new online infrastructure, NPLN. No idea what online functionality Arceus uses, but you never hear complaints of Monster Hunter Rise's online play. Even Switch Sports is using Nintendo's ancient system, NEX. I really hope Nintendo does a massive migration to their new online system soon so we can finally have good online play.

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CaptainExplosion (4 days ago)

But the question is will that content be adequate? For the most part it hasn't been. -_-

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Welcome back captain, hope you are feeling better

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Let's not discuss that.

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