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Nintendo pledges to update Switch Online to 'make software more enjoyable and convenient'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 8, 2020 at 3:33 p.m. PDT • Comments: 23

Nintendo has released their latest Annual Financial Briefing Q&A and thanks to translation efforts from Robert Sephazon we're able to get some insight on the company's current plans.

Especially with the majority of battles now taking place over the internet thanks to coronavirus quarantines, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community has been particularly vocal about needs for better online experiences. While it's not a direct acknowledgment of Smash Ultimate's situation, an interesting thread that clearly emerged from the Q&A report focused on enhancing Nintendo Switch Online to make it more enjoyable.

The significance for the fighting game community here is surely on the broader scale of online gaming progress, but the encouraging takeaway is the fact that top figures in the industry are focusing efforts in this avenue as they appreciate just how important it has become to fans.

Though the company did not divulge exactly how many subscribers Nintendo Switch Online has, they do note that momentum is very strong and that over 100 million accounts have been created.

"Nintendo will continue to add more features and mechanics to Nintendo Switch Online to make software more enjoyable and convenient," quotes Sephazon. Again, this does not directly point to any plans for specifically upgrading Smash Ultimate, but does bode well for the future of network play in general.

The fighting game genre is oft highlighted as a good bit behind the times when it comes to online connections and experiences. This has been greatly highlighted in recent months as options for local play have been heavily reduced, and further still just one week ago when we first heard that EVO 2020 would be transitioning online.

As developer attention continues to be ushered toward this relatively newer facet of gaming one has to expect the trickle down to fighting game network play improvement is en route. There's plenty more interesting content in the full Q&A report and so we suggest you read through the rest of Sephazon's translations.

How long before you think we'll see the next big advancement in fighting game online experiences? Feel free to share reactions and thoughts in the comments below.

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