The massive success of Nintendo Switch Online exclusive title Tetris 99 may bring about the release of similar games, a recently translated Q&A suggests. Tetris 99 is a battle royale twist on the classic tile-laying puzzle game. The game is available to download for free via the eShop for all Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. According to a recent investor Q&A, Nintendo says that Tetris 99 greatly helped increase the amount of Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions.
As reported by Nintendo Life, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa says that more Nintendo Switch Online exclusives may be added because of Tetris 99.
“Tetris 99 has helped maintain Nintendo Switch engagement, as well as increase the number of new members joining Nintendo Switch Online,” says Furkawa.
Furukawa adds that in order to boost memberships, the company needs to “continue offering elements” that “highlight the distinct value of Nintendo Switch Online.” We don’t yet know what these elements are, but if they’re anything like Tetris 99, they’ll surely be a great addition to the Nintendo eShop.
Answering a question regarding growth in memberships, Furukawa says:
“We recognize that the number of accounts that have subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online is increasing steadily corresponding to the pace that the hardware install base is growing. Naturally, not everyone remains a member, and there are cases where users joined during the holiday season and then canceled after three months.”
“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.”
While Tetris 99 certainly attracted more players to the service, there are other factors at play, too. A few weeks ago, Twitch Prime subscribers were given free Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions. Furukawa says that these types of partnerships were a “benefit for both parties”. As such, we may see similar initiatives from the company in the future.
Tetris 99 launched on the Nintendo eShop earlier this year in February. It didn’t take long for the game to rise in popularity, so much so that a public competition with a prize pool was set up the next month.