Rumor: Nintendo planning to strengthen Nintendo Switch Online by adding "new services aimed at enthusiasts"

ZhugeEX

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Recently a thread was made regarding a Nikkei article that made claims about Nintendo Switch Online in 2019. As there was some confusion, due to the article being behind a paywall + concern it was being mistranslated, the thread has been closed and this new thread has been created.

Nikkei published an article today that covered Nintendo's financial briefing and stated that Nintendo Switch Online will be strengthened in 2019 by adding new services aimed at enthusiasts / core gamers / high spenders / bigger spending game aficionados. The author does not elaborate further but states it as something that will happen.

Please see the tweet below-


https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO40750940R30C19A1TJ1000/
 
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Lothars

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Oct 25, 2017
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It will be interesting to see what they do, It's hard to have much faith in them with how the online service is.
 

konoka

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Dec 20, 2017
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Recently a thread was made regarding a Nikkei article that made claims about Nintendo Switch Online in 2019. As there was some confusion, due to the article being behind a paywall + concern it was being mistranslated, the thread has been closed and this new thread has been created.

Nikkei published an article today that covered Nintendo's financial briefing and stated that Nintendo Switch Online will be strengthened in 2019 by adding new services aimed at enthusiasts / core gamers. The author does not elaborate further but states it as something that will happen.

Please see the tweet below-


https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO40750940R30C19A1TJ1000/
Here is the Japanese text:

さらには18年9月に始めた月額課金によるスイッチ向けのオンラインサービスの強化。19年中にゲーム愛好家の高額課金者向けに新サービスを始めるもようだ。
Yes, this is vague, but "高額課金者" is the strong word describing the people who spends many money on gacha in japan, and should not be translated as the soft "core gamers".
 

Mazzle

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Oct 25, 2017
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"Aimed at core gamers"
Voice Chat and messaging service. Please.
And while we at it: Fucking servers for Splatoon
 

K Samedi

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Oct 27, 2017
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Yeah the low paid subscription numbers are showing them the way. Good times ahead for Switch owners.
 

skittzo0413

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Oct 25, 2017
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We're probably gonna hear a bit about NSO later today (in like 8-10 hours or something?) during the results briefing. Probably a bit about its performance so far and some of the things they have planned for the future.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Anything is better than the shittyness it is now. Maybe this means the basic features such as messaging, universal parties, etc? I mean its honestly not a "core gamer" featureset as much as it is common practice but maybe it is to Nintendo.
 

alicode1111

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Mar 19, 2018
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Exclusive NSO games
like ps+ and xbl, but no old games
free 12 switch (probably won't happen because "for enthusiasts", but funny)
 
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ZhugeEX

ZhugeEX

Senior Analyst at Niko Partners
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Oct 24, 2017
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Yes, this is vague, but "高額課金者" is the strong word describing the people who spends many money on gacha in japan, and should not be translated as the soft "core gamers".
Can you help provide a better word or phrase that would fit in this case?

Thanks.
 

Grapezard

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Nov 16, 2017
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Achievements, bam.
Release those SNES games AND BEYOND, bam.
An actual chat system, bam.
Why should we be paying for these things, bam.
 
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LegendofLex

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Nov 20, 2017
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A few things I suspect we'll see:

- More classic games and special controller offers for subscribers
- Better communication features, specifically around voice chat
- Better discount rewards for paid subscribers, akin to the double Gold Points promos they run for preordering various games on the eShop
- Paid themes/profile pics
 

Davy

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Aug 21, 2018
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Good, I was so surprised that they did not realise this sooner. Like I said in some earlier threads, it's not about the money, it's the principle.

You can't just go ahead and think "We'll deliver the same service we had when it was free, just because other companies have paid descriptions."

That is not how it works.
 

RedDevil

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Dec 25, 2017
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As I said in the other thread, without any specifics it likely isn't what people think it could be.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Furukawa has already said that they're gonna improve NSO in a previous interview. Curious what these "new services" will be as the current price really isn't justified.
 

Kouriozan

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Oct 25, 2017
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We need investors Q/A already.
I’m glad I haven’t subbed yet until it become appealing enough.
 

60EffPeeEss

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Oct 28, 2017
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Can't say I really care for this "news" when its all just incredibly open rumours right now. How long have we been hearing about a slim Switch for? Any company worth its salt will have been developing a smaller version of their tech at some point, but no leaks, no prototypes? Ehhh, its getting boring.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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So it's still the same service and (hopefully) the same current fee, just more content and maybe fixes? Hopefully. The idea of a higher-tier payment sounded absurd IMO.
 

BrickArts295

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enthusiasts (gotta be either Achievements and/or something chat related)
core gamers (SNES)
high spenders (Better Online Play and/or Deeper discounts like on PS+)
 
Apr 24, 2018
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Tiered online pricing feel like it's going to be a mistake, imo, at least this early on in the online service's life (if this is what actually happens).
 

Slime Stack

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Oct 25, 2017
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A portable only Switch Lite definitely has broader appeal than a Switch Pro so it makes for that to be the direction for Nintendo to take. Especially if it’s cheaper.

Here’s hoping we get discounts on first party Nintendo games.
 

Neuromancer

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Oct 27, 2017
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Good because right now it couldn't be less appealing to me. That said... Animal Crossing Switch is just around the corner and I'm going to need some fruits.
 

Velezcora

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Nov 16, 2017
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Oh boy, I can't wait to pay for the privilege of playing old SNES games again on my brand new console. :DDD
The privilege to play an expanding library of SNES games for a low price instead of individually buying a game.
I guess if you've played every SNES game that you could ever want to play it's not appealing but as someone who never owned an SNES it's well worth the price.