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Nintendo Switch Online racks up 8 million subscribers

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It seems like Nintendo are finally firing on all cylinders as the company's latest financial results briefing had good news all 'round, including the news of the Nintendo Switch Online racking up 8 million subscribers in just four months.

Well, mostly good news as the Japanese company reported that hardware sales aren't "at a pace needed to reach the full-year target". Nintendo were expecting to sell 20 million Switch consoles in the fiscal year 2018, but it appears it wasn't to be.

Other than that though, there's no shortage of good news and Nintendo's year has finished on a high note, crowned with a holiday season to remember.

The company made it no secret that a huge chunk of their annual profits comes from the US and their famous holiday shopping sprees, but the year before wasn't very kind to Nintendo, whose Switch game lineup left a lot to be desired.

Thankfully, 2018 already looks like the year when Nintendo rediscovered their form and the US holiday season numbers seem to agree - the company raked in $250 million on Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone.

Nintendo's ambitious goals aside, Switches are still flying off the shelves and this time around - they're not lacking in games either, exclusive and third-party ones alike.

The demand for Nintendo Switch Online is encouraging as well, and the company promised to expand the service further, which comes as no surprise considering just how important and lucrative subscription services have been for Microsoft and Sony.

As far as games go, Nintendo said that they're aiming for a summer 2019 launch for Mario Kart Tour and Dr. Mario World, albeit the latter is a smartphone game, which the company hopes will attract more fans to Nintendo and their IP.

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On a related note, we've been hearing rumours of a new Switch coming in late 2019, supposedly with a better screen and more storage. Now, however, we hear that Nintendo are thinking about a smaller and/or cheaper version, but all seem to agree that the Switch will be getting a refresh in 2019. 

You can find Nintendo's financial results briefing here.