29 July 2017 - 18:18

Only 17 percent of Nintendo Switch owners have downloaded the online app

Could this be a sign of things to come?
Image via Nintendo

Sensor Tower, a mobile application analytics platform that helps companies understand how to improve their user base, recently released data for the Nintendo Switch Online app, which hit stores on July 19—and it isn't great.

The company estimates that the application was downloaded around 780,000 times—400,000 on the Apple store and 380,000 from Android devices.

Image via Sensor Twoer

The application provides the online service for the Nintendo Switch and was launched alongside Splatoon 2. The app allows players to chat and setup lobbies with their friends, something that the Nintendo Switch can’t do on its own.

There has been approximately five million Nintendo Switch consoles sold worldwide since the system launched on March 23. This means that a large chunk of Nintendo Switch users still haven’t installed the application.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. The application was originally meant to be used alongside Nintendo's new online paid service, and is likely to become a necessity when the paid service launches sometime next year.

The application also currently only works with Splatoon 2, meaning players who don’t have this game have no reason to download the app until more Switch titles are released.

Will the lack of app downloads see Nintendo reverse its methods? Probably not. But Nintendo fans definitely hope that the company can fix this mess.

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