Nintendo said it will continue to improve and expand its Switch Online service as well as its recently released premium expansion pack – possibly in response to poor reception of its pricing and recent additions.
As part of his latest Business management briefing, Nintendo said it “will continue to improve and expand both Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack” in order to provide services that satisfy its fan base.
All N64 games currently in the Switch Online expansion pack
The commitment to improve comes shortly after the company got off to a rocky start for the launch of its Premium Expansion Pack subscription service. The service, which launched last month, adds a new level of Nintendo Switch Online membership that gives players access to an expanding catalog of Nintendo 64 and Sega Mega Drive games, as well as paid DLC. (currently in the form of Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise pack).
However, after its release, Nintendo received feedback from some of its fans, who reported that they were experiencing a number of issues with classic games running on the handheld. Community complaints varied from player to player, however, most often seemed to revolve around issues of input lag, sound delays, frame rates, and incorrect controller layouts. Nintendo does not specifically mention the backlash as a reason for its comments on improving the service.
Despite some criticism of the launch of the premium tier subscription service, Nintendo announced elsewhere in the briefing that it saw an overall increase in the number of players subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online last year. The publisher said the number of players accessing its online services has now exceeded 32 million – a figure up 6 million from this time last year.
It’s not particularly surprising that this number has grown over the past year considering Nintendo’s continued popularity in the hardware market. According to data released by the NPD Group, Nintendo’s handheld remained a popular choice for US consumers throughout 2021. Data from the group showed that the Switch had a good grasp of the monthly graphics of US hardware. for units sold where it has consistently held the top spot in the charts for 33 consecutive months. While that reign was finally ended by Sony’s PlayStation 5 in September, the additional Switches sold during that time likely contributed to an increase in Switch Online membership.
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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.