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Farsala said:
Nintendo might be unhappy about that, but I am sure they are more happy about already having 8m subscribers. 25% of the userbase to start with comparing with PS plus at 39% is quite good, considering how much less digital savvy they are.

Nothing happy about having 8m subscribers knowing that the next month it can be drastically reduced. 

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OP:  Seems like many of these subscribers fully aware of Nintendo's crappy service and are only testing it.  You know at least when XBL and PS Plus came out let people try it out for free for a brief moment, heck they even had games that gave 1-3 months free of their online service.  Nintendo should've given a free trial at least with those that bought Smash Bros.



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V-r0cK said:

You know at least when XBL and PS Plus came out let people try it out for free for a brief moment, heck they even had games that gave 1-3 months free of their online service.  Nintendo should've given a free trial at least with those that bought Smash Bros.

Nintendo Online also had a free (14 days?) trial. I played some NES games in that time



DélioPT said:
Nogamez said:

Oh i just meant the dynamic themes like you get on ps4. Like the backgrounds and stuff. All we get on switc is white or black lol

Did not know. :)

Sounds cool.

it would just say... be a god of war theme where it would open with cool Norse music then like pan a shot of a landscape, and the characters on screen may move or something. Just gives your ps4 some personality. 



Farsala said:
Nintendo might be unhappy about that, but I am sure they are more happy about already having 8m subscribers. 25% of the userbase to start with comparing with PS plus at 39% is quite good, considering how much less digital savvy they are.

They don't have 8m individual subscribers though. That number includes accounts used within the family membership. Hard to tell how many subscribers there really are. Maybe 6m , maybe 7m...



Maybe they'll wake up. I've only gotten it in the 3 month quantity. And I bought it with Gold Points. Basically, I'm using the online under protest. I only use it for Smash and Cloud Saves anyway.

The 2 or so NES games getting released a month is an abysmal trickle of games to play. The lack of native voice chat and dedicated servers is inexcusable. I'd say more, but it's been said enough.



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I can see that base dropping considerably once Smash and Mario Kart gets old (and Splatoon stops doing the splatfests later this year). Nintendo doesn't have many series known for good online multiplayer, even the last Mario Party had a lame online offering, which you would think that would've been the perfect game for online multiplayer.

You have to remember, many of those 8m subs are people who are trying out the service for the first time. If their first impression is lackluster, (which going off of the comments I've seen online, not just this thread, seems to be the consensus) that number can drop quickly.



Farsala said:
Nintendo might be unhappy about that, but I am sure they are more happy about already having 8m subscribers. 25% of the userbase to start with comparing with PS plus at 39% is quite good, considering how much less digital savvy they are.

I can see that base dropping considerably once Smash and Mario Kart gets old (and Splatoon stops doing the splatfests later this year). Nintendo doesn't have many series known for good online multiplayer, even the last Mario Party had a lame online offering, which you would think that would've been the perfect game for online multiplayer.

You have to remember, many of those 8m subs are people who are trying out the service for the first time. If their first impression is lackluster, (which going off of the comments I've seen online, not just this thread, seems to be the consensus) that number can drop quickly.

 



Nogamez said:
DélioPT said:

Did not know. :)

Sounds cool.

it would just say... be a god of war theme where it would open with cool Norse music then like pan a shot of a landscape, and the characters on screen may move or something. Just gives your ps4 some personality. 

Agreed!

That sounds more engaging.
I would be fine with more themes, but that works fine too! :D



V-r0cK said:
Farsala said:
Nintendo might be unhappy about that, but I am sure they are more happy about already having 8m subscribers. 25% of the userbase to start with comparing with PS plus at 39% is quite good, considering how much less digital savvy they are.

Nothing happy about having 8m subscribers knowing that the next month it can be drastically reduced. 

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OP:  Seems like many of these subscribers fully aware of Nintendo's crappy service and are only testing it.  You know at least when XBL and PS Plus came out let people try it out for free for a brief moment, heck they even had games that gave 1-3 months free of their online service.  Nintendo should've given a free trial at least with those that bought Smash Bros.

 Nintendo's worry is with a large Percentage of that 8 million taking out monthly subs.

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V-r0cK said:
Farsala said:
Nintendo might be unhappy about that, but I am sure they are more happy about already having 8m subscribers. 25% of the userbase to start with comparing with PS plus at 39% is quite good, considering how much less digital savvy they are.

Nothing happy about having 8m subscribers knowing that the next month it can be drastically reduced. 

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OP:  Seems like many of these subscribers fully aware of Nintendo's crappy service and are only testing it.  You know at least when XBL and PS Plus came out let people try it out for free for a brief moment, heck they even had games that gave 1-3 months free of their online service.  Nintendo should've given a free trial at least with those that bought Smash Bros.

Holidays always spike subscribers, and it will be much more pronounced with the recent release of Smash bros. I can definitely see a large dropoff, but it is still currently outpacing PS Plus. But of course a $20 service outpacing a $50 one isn't too surprising.

And Nintendo Online did have a free trial, maybe not anymore since they knew Smash bros would drive subscribers.