Nintendo has gained eleven million new subscribers to its online service Switch Online since January.

At the beginning of the year, the company still had 15 million subscribers.

With Switch Online, users can access all online services in their Switch games, among other things.

The explosive growth in the number of subscribers is probably due to the game

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

, in which online interaction plays an important role.

Animal Crossing

was released in March.

22 million copies of the game have now been sold, Nintendo said.

The success of titles such as

Super Smash Bros.




played a role in the growth in the number of Switch Online subscribers.

For Nintendo, such online services are still relatively new, while they are already established at competitors such as Xbox and Playstation.