Nintendo is making a concerted effort to push its 100-million strong Switch player base into its online multiplayer ecosystem. The sentiment was revealed during an investor feedback session following the release of
As reported by VGC,
‘In addition to Nintendo Switch Sports, we are also planning to launch Splatoon 3 in the current fiscal year, both of which we believe will be fun to play online. We intend to promote these titles for a long time throughout the year and convey the appeal of playing online to new customers who are buying new hardware.’Shuntaro Furukawa, President of
While Furukawa made the comment that Nintendo Switch Sports was being purchased mainly by ‘customers in their mid-20s who used to play Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort‘ in the West, and was popular with people of all ages in Japan, it’s clear that the ambitions of the series have evolved beyond the local play of its predecessors.
As we discovered in our Nintendo Switch Sports review, much of the game hinges around its online multiplayer mode, which sports a progression system to unlock character customisation options, as well as a ranked ladder league for each event.
For the upcoming third-person ink shooter Splatoon 3, even though the game sports a single-player campaign, the series has always centred on team-based competitive multiplayer.
Of course, the ultimate goal of pushing players into online multiplayer games on the Switch is to contribute to
To use the online functionality of
For an additional fee, the