Tetris 99 may have been a surprise hit for Nintendo Switch fans when it appeared on the online service following its announcement. And it seems like that success may translate into further exclusive opportunities for the online service. In a recent Q&A with investors, the president of Nintendo, Shuntaro Furukawa, hints at the potential for exclusives in the future. The question directed at the Nintendo executive asked about the online membership and, ultimately, the service’s commercial performance. Investors wanted to know whether players were simply “joining to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2 and then canceling their memberships, or joining just to play Tetris 99.” This is Furukawa’s response:
“We recognize that the number of accounts that have subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online is increasing steadily corresponding to the pace that the hardware install base is growing. Naturally, not everyone remains a member, and there are cases where users joined during the holiday season and then canceled after three months. There are also new members who joined after Tetris 99 was released in February as an exclusive game for Nintendo Switch Online members, and others who have remained members because of Tetris 99. To expand Nintendo Switch Online even further, we need to continue offering elements like this, that highlight the distinct value of Nintendo Switch Online.”
Tetris 99 could pave the way
It seems that Nintendo may be gearing towards more exclusive content for the online service based on Furukawa’s reply. Perhaps, the service will focus on more multiplayer and online-centric content like Tetris 99 to really emphasize online play with the service. In an extension of this question later in the Q&A, Furukawa further elaborated that Tetris 99 has helped the console sustain player engagement overall while also driving a further increase in new users for the online service.
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