Nintendo Online is a subscription-based model that was released shortly after the launch of the Switch. For a monthly fee, old-school Nintendo fans could play classic 8-bit and 16-bit games from Nintendo’s massive catalog of retro games.
Last year Nintendo beefed up its Switch Online offering with an Expansion Pack that gives players access to Nintendo 64 Games, Sega Genesis and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This year Nintendo has offered further add-on content for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which according to Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa has boosted the subscriber count in North America.
“By region, the ratio is especially high in the United States. When we first started Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, the majority of subscribers were those who migrated from the original Nintendo Switch Online membership plans. However, we began to see an increase in new subscribers late last year, caused mainly by the introduction of popular Nintendo 64 titles and add-on content for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”
The cost for Nintendo Switch Online starts at $49.99 US per year.
The Q and A comes as an addition to the yearly fiscal report that Nintendo and other software and hardware companies release. Information such as insights into the global semiconductor shortage, the number of units sold, and the forecast of a Switch 2 were just some of the covered topics.