Switch Online Expansion Pack Spells Doom for Nintendo as They Achieve an Unwanted Record on YouTube

Published 11/02/2021, 8:50 AM EDT


This is not a piece of great news for the Japanese game development studio, Nintendo, especially when Animal Crossing New Horizons’ next major update is almost here. The new trailer video for the Switch Online Expansion Pack has received a huge number of dislikes, and the community doesn’t seem to like it a lot.

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The trailer showcased New Horizon’s Happy Home Expansion, Sega Genesis titles, and Nintendo 64 titles. However, the new pricing of the expansion pack continues to attract flak from the community. Despite the heavy backlash and ongoing drama, the studio has doubled down on its idea. Sadly, the community’s mood hasn’t changed with 136k dislikes and more piling up, showcasing everyone’s anger.

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video source: NintendoYT

Nintendo needs to accept defeat or face impending doom

The base plan for the online service costs $40 annually for a family pack. Meanwhile, the expansion pack doubles the prices now demanding $80 for a new roster of titles and New Horizons’ DLC. Instead of adding the new titles and New Horizons’ DLC to the base plan, the studio decided to create separate pricing.

The studio offered some justification by suggesting that the monthly cost won’t breach the $7 mark. In comparison to the basic plan, the cost has swelled up 100%, and it is not viable at all. These legacy titles offer an experience from a long-gone era of gaming, and they shouldn’t come attached with such a high price. The community expected these features to be added to the basic plan, which would have only helped make the online service even more lucrative.

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Will the studio come up with an alternate pricing option in the future? It seems highly unlikely. But the continued hate and disappointment will definitely trample the sales.

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If the studio doesn’t make enough profit, only then might they be compelled to reconsider. Disliking the video won’t be enough to drive changes, the community needs to come together and boycott the new pricing plans. This is probably the only way to make everyone’s voice heard.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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