Gamesindustry.biz: Nintendo plans to "boost" Switch Online after surge in short subscription plans

Oct 25, 2017
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https://www.gamesindustry.biz/artic...nline-after-surge-in-short-subscription-plans
Nintendo Switch Online now has 8 million subscribers, but a growing number of them are opting for shorter subscription plans.

In a Q&A session with investors, Nintendo's management was asked about the popularity of Nintendo Switch Online in the wake of Super Smash Bros Ultimate -- which is the fastest selling console game in the company's history.
Nintendo declined to offer details on the proportion of users in each subscription plan, but Shuntaro Furukawa, the company's president, said "a growing percentage is now opting for shorter plans like the one-month membership."

"It is critical that these members want to continue using the service for a long time rather than letting it expire, and for that we need to build relationships with consumers and enrich the content" he said.

"With this in mind, we are currently planning ways to boost the appeal of the service on a yearly basis... It is very important to our future business and we are giving it our all."
Didn't see a thread for this but close if old.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Unlike PS Plus and Live Gold, Nintendo has somewhat reasonably priced the shorter subscription options. They'll just have to make one month cost $6, 3 months for $10 and the annual stay at $20. Then everyone is going to have to go for the annual one to not get ripped off. It's how Plus and Gold already work.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Unlike PS Plus and Live Gold, Nintendo has somewhat reasonably priced the shorter subscription options. They'll just have to make one month cost $6, 3 months for $10 and the annual stay at $20. Then everyone is going to have to go for the annual one to not get ripped off. It's how Plus and Gold already work.
I'd rather they address the subscriptions issue by improving their abysmal online rather than adjusting the prices.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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"Boost the appeal on a yearly basis" makes it sound like yearly subscribers would get something that monthly subscribers don't.

So I guess they're gonna get 1 extra NES game! Wooooooo!
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I honestly wish I went with the 3-month plan because I regret getting the 1 year deal. It's not a good service atm
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I’m glad people are voting with their wallets, even if cheap, the services proposed by Nintendo are from another age.
 
May 9, 2018
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Currently on a family plan with 7(?) other of my friends. They use it only for smash ultimate. I came to less than $5 a person per year.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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"Boost the appeal on a yearly basis" makes it sound like yearly subscribers would get something that monthly subscribers don't.

So I guess they're gonna get 1 extra NES game! Wooooooo!
Yeah I'm not confident that Nintendo are able to realize a competent offering in the current framework. They need to go back to the drawing board and reinvent the service if they want it to grow beyond a core base.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Bring on them SNES games. I wanna play LttP on my Switch.
Dedicated servers would also be nice, because honestly wtf am I even paying for currently...
 

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Unlike PS Plus and Live Gold, Nintendo has somewhat reasonably priced the shorter subscription options. They'll just have to make one month cost $6, 3 months for $10 and the annual stay at $20. Then everyone is going to have to go for the annual one to not get ripped off. It's how Plus and Gold already work.
It's cheaper because it;'s shit, let's not get it twisted. PSn and Live are magnitudes better. They should be aiming to improve it rather then adjust prices.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Currently on a family plan with 7(?) other of my friends. They use it only for smash ultimate. I came to less than $5 a person per year.
Same here. I really hope they dont change the family plan because with their shitty online service is the only price were i feel im not totally being ripped off, i used exactly the same way that when the exact same service was free so 5 is not that steep of a price to pay a year.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Unlike PS Plus and Live Gold, Nintendo has somewhat reasonably priced the shorter subscription options. They'll just have to make one month cost $6, 3 months for $10 and the annual stay at $20. Then everyone is going to have to go for the annual one to not get ripped off. It's how Plus and Gold already work.
Or you know they could actually address why most people subscribing don’t want a yearly subscription
 
Oct 27, 2017
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It's cheaper because it;'s shit, let's not get it twisted. PSn and Live are magnitudes better. They should be aiming to improve it rather then adjust prices.
The price comparison was about 1, 3, 12 months fees, not about different consoles.

Or you know they could actually address why most people subscribing don’t want a yearly subscription
Like the "enrich the content" in the OP?
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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Only reason why I bought the one year plan is because of cloud saves. If Nintendo was competent and had other ways to backup your saves where you don't need an online subscription, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place because of how bad their online service is.
 

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It's super obvious they've been alluding to SNES games for awhile but that's not going to be enough. Like what else can they do?
 
Jan 9, 2018
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It's super obvious they've been alluding to SNES games for awhile but that's not going to be enough. Like what else can they do?
GB and GBA games (that is, if the N64 Classic is actually happening anytime soon).

I mean, hopefully they'll actually make the online part of the online service, but I don't expect that. At this point, I just hope I'll get to play old games that I actually want to play, like Pokemon lol. Knowing Nintendo and considering their current NES drip-feed, I'd be better off expecting that for the Switch 2 smh.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I'd subscribe if they bring back Miiverse.
It doesn’t even need to be Miiverse. Is there a way they can filter Twitter on a Switch so that it only shows posts and conversations from Nintendo Switch?

My assumption is that Nintendo won’t do anything like Miiverse/Swapnote again because they don’t want their system to be used to expose kids to certain things, which I realize is ironic as I type this because YouTube is now on Switch.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm shocked that 8 million people are actually paying for such a bad service. Even Wii U did online better, and that was free.
Nobody cares how "good" or "bad" the "service" is. If you want to play online, you must pay. People are not paying for PS+ or Live Gold because of how great the "service" is (very few had Plus on PS3). When you press the Multiplayer button on a game's main menu, the quality of the "service" does not matter. You're told to pay. And many people will.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It doesn’t even need to be Miiverse. Is there a way they can filter Twitter on a Switch so that it only shows posts and conversations from Nintendo Switch?

My assumption is that Nintendo won’t do anything like Miiverse/Swapnote again because they don’t want their system to be used to expose kids to certain things, which I realize is ironic as I type this because YouTube is now on Switch.
Would be such a good deal. Pay money to use twitter on Switch while it's free on everything else including your phone. The Stockholm syndrome was always strong with Nintendo.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Would be such a good deal. Pay money to use twitter on Switch while it's free on everything else including your phone. The Stockholm syndrome was always strong with Nintendo.
Oh I wasn’t really focusing on the pay money part, but on the idea that Switch needs a way to let gamers communicate with each other. That communication should 100% be free.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I'm shocked that 8 million people are actually paying for such a bad service. Even Wii U did online better, and that was free.
I mean, it's the only way to play Splatoon 2 and Smash Bros online, offers cloud saves and it's like <$2/mo for the yearly sub. It's not that surprising.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Got 1 month sub during smash month then never resub again. It doesn't help that smash has shit online and the 'free' games are not even worth the hassle to download. I wish they release games from gamecube library or at least snes
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Heard nothing great with regards to Smash Bros. working online, which sucks because I barely have anyone to play with it locally, but absolutely would have plenty to play with online. Also their chat system is crap...so I'm hardly surprised.

It's weird how a console that marketed itself constantly playing and socializing with other people, couldn't translate that into an online service that is particularly social.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Wouldn't the influx of short term subscriptions be due to the millions who got online just to play smash the next few months? I don't think it would be wise of them the offer different features at the different subscription levels.