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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is Priced at $50 for 12 Months

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is Priced at $50 for 12 Months - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 2,850 Views

Nintendo during the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct revealed the Version 2.0 Update and the Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch on November 5, as well as the price of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

An individual membership is priced at $49.99 USD for 12 months, while the family membership is price at $79.99 USD for 12 months. The family membership can be used by up to eight Nintendo Account holders. The Happy Home Paradise DLC is included for free with the subscription for the Expansion Pack.

Along wit the Animal Crossing DLC, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack includes games from the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. This includes popular games like Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and many more.

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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Kneetos (on 15 October 2021)

When sony announced that horizon forbidden west would now cost to upgrade from ps4 to ps5, Sony fans took to social media to register their unhappiness at what the mega corporation was doing, and in the end it caused playstation to backpeddle, it's time us in the nintendo court didbthe same thing...

If we want them to change, let's start affecting their bottom line. VOTE WITH YOUR WALLETS (but also be nice and none toxic)

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Random_Matt Kneetos (on 15 October 2021)

There is a reason Nintendo fans are described as a cult. You know as well as I do that their core fanbase will pay, pay and pay. Sure I will be downvoted, but Nintendo are one of the most anti-consumer brands out there.

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KLXVER Random_Matt (on 15 October 2021)

Thats true for any fanbase though. Nintendo just doesnt back down as easily as other companies, unfortunately.

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SuperNintend0rk Kneetos (on 15 October 2021)

It reminds me more of when MS tried to double the price of Xbox Live, which they also backpeddled on.

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Darwinianevolution (on 15 October 2021)

Absolutely pathetic. The balls on Nintendo to try and sell access to decades old ROMs for 50$.

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Chazore Darwinianevolution (on 15 October 2021)

As well as them actively trying to shut down ROM sites, only for them to sell those same ROMS for more than they are worth these days. Also doesn't help that them taking down ROM sites means they eventually become the only place to play them from...

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CaptainExplosion Chazore (on 15 October 2021)

Just like I was trying to say. Nintendo isn't doing jack shit to give people adequate alternatives to ROM sites.

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Its actually smart, they will make more money this way, because people will have to keep paying every year. Had they released these 5 dollars each they'd get around 20 dollars only once, around 4 games average per player.

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Random_Matt (on 15 October 2021)

LOL, the mega drive collection itself costs next to nothing.

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mZuzek (on 15 October 2021)

30 roms for 30 dollars.

Now that's a deal you can only get with Nintendo.

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victor83fernandes mZuzek (on 16 October 2021)

You're wrong its not 30 dollars for 30 roms, its 900 dollars if you want to keep the games for the next 30 years. or most likely 1800 dollars if you want to keep the games forever. But Nintendo online price will increase with time, so make that 2500 dollars to keep these 30 very old games forever.
Or alternatively get an xbox or a pc or a laptop and get all these games completely free with emulators.

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Mr Puggsly (on 16 October 2021)

Geez, Nintendo is fucking this up. They are now charging about as much as competitors but just giving me 20 to 40 year old games.

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Medisti (on 15 October 2021)

This is a bad deal even if you own Animal Crossing. How exactly is this even remotely sensible if you don't?

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gtotheunit91 (on 15 October 2021)

There HAS to be a lot more up Nintendo's sleeve in order to justify this kind of price increase! Whether that means all future paid DLC will get added onto the Expansion Pack, or GameCube/Game Boy consoles will be added at no additional cost, or both!

I mean, there's already a Genesis collection on Switch called Sega Genesis Classics, so there's no justification on the Genesis side of things.

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SvenTheTurkey gtotheunit91 (on 15 October 2021)

Yeah. I'm shocked. I thought it would be 20 per year on top of the original 20. So like 40 total.

But I don't think there's anything more to it. They just messed up.

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SuperNintend0rk gtotheunit91 (on 15 October 2021)

I definitely think they'll add more DLC and consoles in the future but that doesn't justify the current price lol

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VAMatt (on 16 October 2021)

Charge $60 per year, give subscribers all first party DLC, and include a large, rolling selection of games from the back catalog. That I'd pay for.

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Amnesia (on 15 October 2021)

But you have Winback, do not forget this.

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Nuvendil (on 15 October 2021)

See if I could be confident more systems were coming, this would make more sense. But Nintendo has hardly instilled confidence that that will happen with any expediency. Or if all paid DLC would be free, that would be neat. But again, no clarity. So I'll stick to the base offerings which are fine enough for $20

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No_Name_Needed (on 15 October 2021)

Yeah that's more than I expected it would be. Too much for me, but I bet many will get it regardless of the price.

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SvenTheTurkey No_Name_Needed (on 15 October 2021)

They lost me. I was hoping for like 15 extra per year, expecting 20, and willing to pay 30.

The value isn't there. Not when comparing to what you're already getting with the other games. I hope it bombs so they drop the price.

What were they thinking?

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SuperNintend0rk SvenTheTurkey (on 15 October 2021)

I also think it's too pricey but you said you're willing to pay 30 extra. Or did you mean 30 total?

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SvenTheTurkey SuperNintend0rk (on 15 October 2021)

I wasn't paying attention when I saw the infographic. I thought it was 50 extra. And I was like WTF? 30 is definitely at the breaking point. I need to look into the animal crossing dlc. If it's something I would like to check out, the 30 extra isn't horrible. But they're going to need to add another system next year or another dlc to keep the value high enough. Otherwise, the games alone aren't worth 30 extra.

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SuperNintend0rk SvenTheTurkey (on 15 October 2021)

30 extra is reasonable if they add more DLC/consoles but right now it's a bit high.

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SvenTheTurkey SuperNintend0rk (on 16 October 2021)

I think it's definitely at the breaking point. But I think by next year we might see it differently with more games/dlc. But then you have to have the game that goes with the dlc.

Long story short, I think we all wish it was 20 extra instead of 30. I mean not any increase would be ideal, but that wasn't going to happen. Lol.

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SuperNintend0rk SvenTheTurkey (on 16 October 2021)

More DLC wouldn't add value for me since I'd rather buy anything I want and own it for good, but more consoles/handhelds like GameCube, GBA, and Dreamcast would make it very tempting!

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SvenTheTurkey SuperNintend0rk (on 17 October 2021)

GameCube isn't happening for this tier for sure. Dreamcast maybe.

But I just mean like if next year they add in the botw2 dlc or something. If they keep adding in a dlc that I would probably buy anyway, I might as well keep the service and skip buying the dlc. I'm likely only going to play it once anyway. And if I really wanted to play it years later, I'd just buy it then.

I doubt they will be swapping out the dlc. So it's like it I planned on buying the dlc every year, then it's like I'm only paying 10 bucks per year for N64/Genesis games.

But that's where it can all fall apart. If it's a dlc for a game you don't have, it loses that value.

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SuperNintend0rk SvenTheTurkey (on 17 October 2021)

Yeah I'm personally not interested in having my DLC attached to a service but I can see how that could have a lot of value for some people. I wish Nintendo would add some older first party Switch games and make it closer to Game Pass but that'll never happen lol

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PAOerfulone (on 15 October 2021)

Yeah, that's a big fat 'no' for me.

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Greenfox (on 15 October 2021)

Geez, Nintendo. The only way to justify this exaggerated price is if, over time, they keep adding other free DLC, like with Animal Crossing. Otherwise, what a joke of price.

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Chazore Greenfox (on 15 October 2021)

What irks the fuck out of me, is how in that AC 2.0 trailer, they also announced that that was going to be the game's "last free content", meaning they are either ending the lifespan of AC NH, or the rest is going to be paid £25-30 DLC, either of which would suck big time.

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Greenfox Chazore (on 16 October 2021)

I think there will be another DLC in the future. It's the second best selling game on the console, and it's still selling extremely well. If they just kill it off it will be a blunder.

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Chazore Greenfox (on 16 October 2021)

I can't say I'm a fan of Nintendo trying to adopt the approach the other two are doing, in splitting up their games into chunks of DLC. Nintendo was the last of the big 3 that actually released fully complete and featured games, and now seeing this as well as Pokemon is giving me the vision that future Nintendo games are just going to release half baked and DLC tacked on later, that would have otherwise made more sense to be included in the base game.

Zelda DLC was fine because all of it was pretty much a motorcycle and challenge modes, and I know not everyone on earth is into challenge modes, but with AC, I was into more decorative objects, and that DLC with the home designer feature has such objects I desire, but not enough to pay £25 for alone (I'm not into designing homes for non villagers either or amibo stuff, I just wanted those new wall separators and exclusive furniture).

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Greenfox Chazore (on 16 October 2021)

Neither do I. I don't support this practice at all, and I will certainly not buy the Animal Crossing DLC even though I am very interested in its content. I consider this to be the industry's most objectionable anti-consumer practice in the last 20 years.

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Rafie (on 15 October 2021)

Crazy how most of the cost is coming from the Animal Crossings DLC. It's being forced into the subscription model. That's complete bullshit there. I'm not interested in it. Otherwise, the extra cost would probably be around 10 more. Which would have been fine. No stable online, no native voice chat, 20+ something year games, etc does not warrant this price at all. I normally rock with Nintendo, but they're buggin'. I'll stick to the regular NSO.

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gtotheunit91 Rafie (on 15 October 2021)

I have a bad feeling even the Animal Crossing DLC was added at the last minute to try to justify the price Nintendo was going for. Still failed horribly.

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Rafie gtotheunit91 (on 15 October 2021)

If they did this without the Animal Crossing DLC for games almost 30 years old, and even some that are 30 years old...they would be scrutinized worse than they are right now. 10 bucks more than the regular NSO price would have been fine. If this had Gamecube on it, I would have bit. This is not worth it unfortunately.

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gtotheunit91 Rafie (on 15 October 2021)

I'm thinking Nintendo is most likely going to keep adding to this Expansion Pack with GameCube, Game Boy, etc. down the road. Maybe even future paid DLC as well. Either way, way too expensive for what they're offering right now. As enticing as it is to play my favorite N64 games again lol

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CaptainExplosion (on 15 October 2021)

Would've been a fair price if we got more than that.

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 15 October 2021)

If it started with 15+ N64 games and 20+ Mega Drive games it would have been better. But not like that. It'll likely take a year or more for the announced games to all release there.

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CaptainExplosion Kakadu18 (on 15 October 2021)

Ugh!! I'd rather that were sooner.

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victor83fernandes (on 16 October 2021)

This is why I hack all my nintendo consoles, because they are so anti-consumer. Even re-releases of wiiU old games cost full 60 dollars or more. These games are not worth at all when they dont even have enhancements, while you can install an emulator for free on any phone tablet pc xbox etc and get enhanced graphics.

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zero129 (on 17 October 2021)

Who remembers when Nintendo said they where against DLC and paying for online etc etc...

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Ashadelo (on 16 October 2021)

Can just buy a Xbox series S with developer mode and then no need to pay Nintendo a dime, hahahha

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dark_gh0st_b0y (on 16 October 2021)

online play for classics is soooo cool!! now had they added a choice of dlc of say the same value instead of forcing AC, that would have been just perfect

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JackHandy (on 15 October 2021)

So if we don't want this, is the price for online unchanged? Like, is this optional, at least?

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GoOnKid JackHandy (on 16 October 2021)

Yes it's optional.

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AkimboCurly (on 15 October 2021)

Animal Crossing DLC at $24.00 and a year of this at $50 is a play for sure.

Just don't stop and think too long otherwise you might question the value!

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