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Roughly one in every three Nintendo Switch owners signs up for online switching: report

The ratio of total users to Nintendo subscribers is considerably higher than that of Sony and Microsoft, helped by the fact that their service is also more affordable.

Roughly one in every three Nintendo Switch owners signs up for online switching: report
The ratio of total users to Nintendo subscribers is considerably higher than that of Sony and Microsoft, helped by the fact that their service is also more affordable.

About a third of the Nintendo Switch owners seem to have signed up for access to online multiplayer, voice chat, "Tetris 99" and a growing library of vintage NES games. Nintendo Switch Online subscriber accounts are more than 10 million, according to Nintendo's president, Shuntaro Furukawa, quoted in a transcript of the company's 79th General Shareholders' Meeting.

The service, priced at a relatively modest $ 20 compared to the US $ 59 from Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus, offers access to online multiplayer for most Switch games with such modes, the popular exclusive game "Tetris 99", as well as cloud saves, voice chat and online lobby & # 39; s via a smartphone app. Xbox and PlayStation, on the other hand, generally offer larger, more prestigious free games, with Xbox offering both Games with Gold and the Xbox Games Pass.

In addition, a library of downloadable games originally released for the 80s Nintendo Entertainment System has received about four new games every month since Switch Online was launched in September 2018. At the end of March 2019, Nintendo and online game streaming service Twitch jointly entered into a year of free Switch Online membership for Twitch Prime members. Twitch Prime is awarded to Amazon Prime subscribers; the 12-month offer consists of three months Switch Online for linked Nintendo accounts and another nine months for those who are Twitch Prime members for 60 days.

The first offer runs until September 24, 2019, with the 60-day extension continuing until January 22, 2020. From April 2018, Amazon Prime had more than 100 million subscribers. The service costs US $ 99 per year.

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