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Nintendo Switch Online to Add N64 and Sega Genesis Games With New Subscription Plan

Nintendo Switch Online to Add N64 and Sega Genesis Games With New Subscription Plan - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 September 2021 / 1,790 Views

Nintendo announced a new tier for Nintendo Switch Online, called Expansion Pack, will be coming in late October. 

The Expansion Pack tier will add Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games to Nintendo Switch Online. Pricing for the new tier will be revealed closer to launch.

Along with the new tier is the announcement of two special controllers for the Nintendo Switch priced at $49.99 / €49.99 / £39.99 each. They are wireless Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive controllers.

Here is the list of confirmed games coming to the Expansion tier:

Nintendo 64:

  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Tennis
  • Dr Mario 64
  • Sin & Punishment
  • WinBack

Sega Genesis / Mega Drive:

  • Castlevania Bloodlines
  • Contra Hard Corps
  • Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Musha
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Strider

Here are games coming after launch:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Pokémon Snap
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Golf
  • Paper Mario
  • F-Zero X

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
gtotheunit91 (on 23 September 2021)

If they could get Banjo on here.......there's still a chance for Goldeneye!!!

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Giggity_goo gtotheunit91 (on 23 September 2021)

will be licencing issues with that game

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SecondWar Giggity_goo (on 23 September 2021)

Yeah, but given the Banjo IP is now owned by Microsoft there likely would have been with that as well.

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Pemalite SecondWar (on 23 September 2021)

Microsoft has generally always been a little more relaxed in allowing it's games/characters on other platforms compared to the I.P licensing hell that is James Bond.

Perfect Dark is a more likely than Goldeneye because of that. And I am okay with that, Perfect Dark was the technically better game anyway.

Sadly... I still don't value Switch Online, I would rather buy these games on physical than deal with yet another subscription.

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Giggity_goo (on 23 September 2021)

im going to play through zelda ive tried to beat it many times over the years always got stuck at water temple

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Slownenberg (on 24 September 2021)

Wow this is awesome. Finally expanding the Online service, and in a huge way!

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Ljink96 (on 23 September 2021)

Wait..so apparently people really thought Nintendo would add systems with 3rd party support to NSO and not charge anything extra?

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Zippy6 (on 23 September 2021)

It's hard to trust Nintendo will release enough games quickly enough to justify paying them more per month. They've been horrifically slow with putting their retro titles on the Switch. 4.5 Years to finally get N64.

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gtotheunit91 Zippy6 (on 23 September 2021)

Agreed, but it's actually been 3 years of NSO. Probably gonna take a year to release the N64 titles they've already announced

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JackHandy (on 23 September 2021)

Hopefully this means they'll drop the price for online-play-only to bare bones. As a retro gamer, I own all the original consoles and games, so for me, it would be great to not have to pay for emulated versions of the same games I already own.

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imparanoic JackHandy (on 23 September 2021)

i doubt it, nintendo being nintendo rarely reduce prices, look at the expensive games on wii u and 3ds via their store, rarely any decent first party games discount, so i think they will keep the nintendo online price the same and charge double for this new plus online service

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SanAndreasX (on 24 September 2021)

WinBack is an interesting choice. A testament, I guess, to the close Nintendo-Koei Tecmo relationship. If Nintendo ever made a major acquisition, I always thought it should be them. It isn’t a bad game, in any case.

The Genesis stuff, though… almost every one of those games is already on Switch, including Castlevania and Contra.

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Alistair (on 24 September 2021)

They didn't improve any of them with 16:9 or 60fps support, what a fail. Nintendo needs to do Pixel Remasters like Final Fantasy for all the best SNES games, and do proper 16:9 remasters for all the n64 games, or they are just selling cheap emulation to people. It doesn't respect their history.

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OneTime Alistair (on 24 September 2021)

If it is for historical reasons, they should leave the games untouched. If they are updating the games then they need to do a lot more than just change the screen size...

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