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Japan’s Nintendo reported on Wednesday that the number of users of its Online service has surged, driven by popular games such as “ : New ” because the company has not built the recurring revenue provided by such services.

Nintendo Switch Online can provide users with options to play games, save game progress online, and access classic games. As of September this year, it has developed rapidly. As of February, the number of users has exceeded 26 million, compared with 15 million in January, based in Kyoto. Said the game firmly.

President Shuntaro Furukawa said in the briefing that this growth was driven by the popularity of popular games such as Animal Crossing, which has sold more than 22 million , Super Smash Bros. and the latest “Pokemon” game.

Competitors Sony and Microsoft launched a cloud gaming service on Tuesday to play Xbox games on Android devices. They have been targeting subscription services to extend the life of their gaming consoles.

Nintendo has been slow to develop such services, but it has not yet turned to cloud gaming, but has focused on portable Switch devices. Since the beginning of this year, Nintendo has burst into tears due to consumers seeking to escape the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the quarter ending in , gamers who stayed at home drove up digital downloads by half of Switch software sales. Furukawa said the reopening of the retail is easing this trend.

The president of Nintendo reiterated the company’s commitment to hardware and software. In October, it will launch Mario Kart toys that can be controlled by Switch.

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