Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Switch Online Has 8 Million Subscribed Accounts, Nintendo Working To "Expand" Service

Switch Online Has 8 Million Subscribed Accounts, Nintendo Working To

Nintendo's president says the Kyoto-based video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises is counting on business outside the game sector for future growth as sales for its Switch console machines fall short of forecasts.

While some people are keen for a better screen - slightly bigger, higher contrast, and less-glossy - the new reports detail a smaller and most likely cheaper screen, placing this Switch squarely in the budget camp like the 2DS.

That delay means Nintendo will miss its target of releasing two to three mobile titles each financial year, though CEO Furukawa said there was no change to that goal.

Nintendo last released a Mario Kart game in April 2017 with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. Action-puzzle game Dr. Mario World will debut in summer 2019. It's going to be free to download, and it will include optional in-app purchases.

What these features are, we don't know.

Mario Kart Tour, first announced in February 2018, was scheduled to release before the end of the fiscal year by March 31.

Something to look forward to: A classic Mario game is being made into a mobile app so that all of the fun can be had on modern devices. The latest of these, Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, hit the 3DS in 2015.

Nintendo is reportedly planning on releasing a more portable iteration of the Nintendo Switch as early as this year, according to a report from Japanese publication Nikkei and a thorough translation from Nintendo Everything. Share your views with us inn the comments.

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