Nintendo Switch Online Could Get More Exclusive Games Like Tetris 99 In the Future

Nintendo Switch Online Could Get More Exclusive Games Like Tetris 99 In the Future

Nintendo Switch Online is growing, and so is the need for better content.

Nintendo detailed its financial results for the fiscal year ending on March 2019, and one of the big drivers for Nintendo's growth during the Switch era is digital sales. It's a far cry from when Nintendo had arguably the weakest digital infrastructure among the main console makers. And now Nintendo says digital will continue to form a core part of its business going into the future.

One of the big digital strategies for Nintendo today is the Nintendo Switch Online service. Nintendo Switch Online offers Switch owners access to internet features for games and exclusive deals and NES games for a regular subscription fee. Most recently Nintendo released Tetris 99, a battle royale Tetris game that was exclusive to Switch Online members. Nintendo says there will be more elements like Tetris 99 in the future.

"There are also new members who joined after Tetris 99 was released in February as an exclusive game for Nintendo Switch Online members, and others who have remained members because of Tetris 99" Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said during an investor Q&A. "To expand Nintendo Switch Online even further, we need to continue offering elements like this, that highlight the distinct value of Nintendo Switch Online."

Nintendo Switch Online is similar to services like PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold for offering free games as part of its subscription price. But while PlayStation and Xbox offer free current-gen console games, Nintendo mostly offers monthly NES titles. Tetris 99 was the first new exclusive title for the service, and it's not the last.

This is great news because Tetris 99 is both an original idea, and something only Nintendo could offer. If that's the strategy for Nintendo Switch Online going forward, it's not hard to imagine other exclusive titles that involve more recognizable Nintendo IP.

Sales of digital games are on the rise as well as people subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online. Growing digital sales is a trend seen across the video game industry, but Nintendo has always been associated with physical products. But on the Switch, digital sales for packaged software is growing, as well as sales for digital add-ons, and Nintendo says it will continue to grow this side of the business in the Switch era.

Check out our Nintendo Switch Online guide for more info on Nintendo's online subscription service.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

Our rotating list of the best games on Switch, now updated for the Nintendo Switch Lite release!

Tetris 99 Will Dole Out Super Kirby Clash Currency in a Nintendo F2P Mash-Up

Two different Nintendo approaches to free-to-play are going to #linkandbuild.

The Best Games of 2019 After Six Months

Our ongoing list of what we believe are the best video games of 2019.

Tetris 99 Big Block DLC Will Feature New Offline Modes for $9.99

Former Nintendo Switch Online exclusive available to play offline starting today.

More News

Join USgamer For Its First Ever 24-Hour Extra Life Charity Marathon

Grab some Red Bull and raise some money for a good cause!

A Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer is the Latest Pro Gamer to Voice Support for Hong Kong on an Official Stream

"It feels so good play as a free man," said Lee Shi Tian at Mythic Championship V this past weekend.

Battlefield 5 is Going Back to the Series' Roots With the Upcoming Pacific Update

A full reveal of Chapter 5: War in the Pacific will come later this week.

More on Switch

Monster of the Week: How Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Water Lurker Became the Scariest Nautical Nightmare Since Jaws

Co-designer Thomas Grip on sculpting Amnesia's scariest monster, which happens to also be the only one you never see.

Fortnite Medals Punch Card - How to Earn New Medals and Refresh the Punch Card

This is our full guide to the new Fortnite Medals system, including how to earn them, and times for the Punch Card refresh.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Three Big RPGs for October

Kat and Nadia are joined by Mike and Nadia to talk about Trails of Cold Steel 3, Disco Elysium, Little Town Hero, and more.

Blizzard's Very Bad October Just Keeps Getting Worse

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Blizzard's ban on Hearthstone player Blitzchung catches the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike.

Baldur's Gate's Complex Interface Translates Surprisingly Well to Switch

Beamdog's Infinity Engine collections find great ways to bring those games to consoles.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Creator Reminisces on Getting Its Iconic Style Just Right

"After working on non-graphical stuff for so long, I took a moment to reflect on what I had with the visuals. It wasn’t great."

More Free-to-Play Games

Pokemon Go’s Upcoming Halloween Event Does Even More to Taunt Poor Mimikyu

Niantic heard you like Pikachu, so here's a Pikachu dressed as Mimikyu who's dressed as Pikachu.

Z1 and PlanetSide Developer Daybreak Hit With Another Round of Layoffs

Daybreak Game Company had two rounds of layoffs last year.