Nintendo held its annual corporate governance policy briefing on September 16. Although the meeting was largely devoted to outlining the company’s corporate philosophy and its current plans to expand its IP, Nintendo shared some interesting points during the briefing, including key milestones for Nintendo accounts and Switch subscribers. Online.
According to Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, more than 200 million Nintendo accounts have already been created worldwide. “We’ve been working to expand our IP outside the business with dedicated video game platforms to reach users who don’t own any of our gaming systems. This has led to a significant increase in Nintendo account users, especially thanks to of the launch of the Mario Kart Tour Mobile App, “Furukawa said.
Furukawa also noted that the number of Nintendo account holders “is steadily increasing along with the growing base for installing the Nintendo Switch.”
Nintendo also revealed that it now has more than 26 million subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online, the company’s paid online service for Switch – up from 15 million subscribers in May this year. “The number of members is growing along with hardware sales at a steady pace, with jumps due to hit games that support online play,” Furukawa said. The most notable example is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which launched in March and was an astronomical success, selling over 22 million copies by June.
Another component of Nintendo Switch Online is its NES and SNES libraries, which Nintendo periodically expands with additional games. Another batch comes next week, on September 23, and includes Donkey Kong Country 2, Mario’s Super Picross and others.