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N64 Games on Switch to Run at 60Hz in Europe, Confirms Nintendo

N64 Games on Switch to Run at 60Hz in Europe, Confirms Nintendo - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 October 2021 / 2,388 Views

Nintendo of Europe has confirmed Nintendo 64 games when they are added to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will run at a faster 60Hz and not the 50Hz of the PAL versions of games. 

Select games will have the option to play the original PAL version with language options for those that prefer 50Hz. 

"All Nintendo 64 games included with Nintendo Switch + Expansion Pack can be played in 60Hz English language versions," said Nintendo of Europe. "Select games will also have the option to play the original European PAL version with language options."

Nintendo last month announced Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which will add add Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games to Nintendo Switch Online. Pricing for the new tier will be revealed closer to launch later this month. 

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Greenfox (on 11 October 2021)

And... price?

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G2ThaUNiT Greenfox (on 12 October 2021)

With just 2 and a half weeks before October ends, you'd think there would be a price announcement by now. Probably going to be a shadow drop video by Nintendo. They do like to do that lol

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Greenfox G2ThaUNiT (on 12 October 2021)

I think the same. In a few weeks they will release a ramdom tweet with the price. But I find it objectionable to hide the price in this way, when it is already a very questionable new service. They should be much more upfront with this one.

By the way, does anyone know if a person with a family membership can buy this "DLC" individually?

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G2ThaUNiT Greenfox (on 12 October 2021)

Unfortunately, there's literally no other information other than knowing the consoles and games that are coming with it that were already announced. Nintendo is staying hush hush till they can announce it themselves. I am hoping that is the case though, because I'm admin over a family membership where all 8 slots are filled, and I'm the only one interested the retro game library lol

There is a rumor that Perfect Dark will be arriving before the end of the year! Hoping that's true.

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Greenfox G2ThaUNiT (on 12 October 2021)

We have the same problem. If we have to remove our family group to access the N64, this DLC is doomed.

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Alistair (on 11 October 2021)

no 16:9, no real work done, as usual, any updated FPS or if the original was 30 we are stuck at 30?

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G2ThaUNiT Alistair (on 12 October 2021)

These games aren't meant to be remasters or have much work put into it. It's just the virtual console with a handful of games allowing online play. Other than that, it's supposed to be as close to the original way the games were at the time of their releases.

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curl-6 (on 11 October 2021)

Good news in that department at least, 50Hz on a 60Hz TV would've been less than ideal

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victor83fernandes (on 12 October 2021)

With no improvements at all, and at these prices, anyone could just install an emulator, any phone tablet or laptop can run n64 easily with much improved graphics. In fact on my PC the emulator is so good that it automatically sets up my xbox controller. I play these games in 8K with added enhancements and 60fps or more.
This could be good on the switch if you play on portable mode and if you're willing to pay a monthly fee.

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