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N64 Game Paper Mario Coming Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on December 10

N64 Game Paper Mario Coming Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on December 10 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2021 / 1,644 Views

Nintendo announced it will be adding the Nintendo 64 game, Paper Mario, to the lineup games playable for people subscribed to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on December 10.

The Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online collection launched this fall with many classic games like Super Mario 64, The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64, and Mario Kart 64. It is part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which also includes Sega Genesis games and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC.

View a Paper Mario trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

In Paper Mario, his vile viciousness—Bowser himself—has absconded with the magical Star Rod and lifted Peach’s Castle into the sky with the help of Kammy Koopa. Who will stop him now? It’s up to Mario (and you!) to save all seven of the Star Spirits, guarded by Bowser’s handpicked minions. Can you rise to the occasion and pull off a storybook ending?

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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Ka-pi96 (on 02 December 2021)

How about adding it as an actual purchasable game too rather than just locked behind subscription crap?

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Kakadu18 Ka-pi96 (on 02 December 2021)

You know they won't do that.

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Pemalite Ka-pi96 (on 03 December 2021)

1 word: Money.

But I 100% agree with you.

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Dulfite Ka-pi96 (on 03 December 2021)

I agree there should be a choice, but there is absolutely no way I'm buying the games I want to play for $8-10 each + $30 for the ACNH expansion my wife and I are loving when I could just pay $50 a year for all that, a ton of NES/SNES games, and more N64 games to come. If I wasn't interested in hardly any older games, that would be one thing, but I am and so the subscription is a cheaper model for me (once I beat the game I'm done with it, so there is no value in ownership for me).

I agree there should be choice, but calling the subscription service that I am saving money with crap is, well, ridiculous. Especially when considering many use the family plan, making it as cheap as $6.25 a year per person.

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Ka-pi96 Dulfite (on 04 December 2021)

If it's good for you, then great. But it's utter crap to me, and subscription services always will be.

Edit: Although if it were just a choice as you mentioned I'd be fine with it. No problem with people that want subscriptions getting them. When it's subscription or nothing though? That's just a rubbish!

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victor83fernandes Dulfite (on 05 December 2021)

A little lesson in math
50 per year x 40 years = 2000 dollars
8 dollars x 20 games = 160 dollars
2000 dollars is a lot more money than 160 dollars, in fact, the price difference would pay for the next Nintendo console + games
I doubt anyone would buy more than 20 of these very old games, example no one would buy Mario kart 64 when there's Mario kart 8 on the switch.

You mention a ton of games on NES and such, but the vast majority is crap that no one wants to play even for free. Mostly filler in there. Most I would not want for free, let alone paying 8 dollars.
Even Mario 64 is not worth it, as I got it with better graphics on the switch with the 3d stars collection.
I don't even play online at all, so it would be total madness to pay 50 dollars to have maybe a couple games I could play for a few minutes, such games I could play for free on the laptop or PC in 4K with better performance too.

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gtotheunit91 Ka-pi96 (on 03 December 2021)

That would definitely have been perfect, but Nintendo knows they can't infinitely make money off of old games. My nostalgia only goes so far lol.

It would've been great if they had gone the way of Game Pass where you had the subscription, but you had the option to purchase. And if you did purchase the game while you're subscribed, you get a discount.

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scrapking gtotheunit91 (on 03 December 2021)

Game Pass for sure is the right model. Try before you buy, and buy at a discount.

I'm quite surprised Netflix hasn't adopted the Game Pass model of ALSO selling movies and TV shows, since content leaves Netflix quite frequently and some people might be willing to purchase (at a discount) before it does.

I think the fact that you can (and that apparently many people do) buy games through Game Pass helps keep the Game Pass subscription prices as low as they are. It costs about the same as Netflix, but movies and TV shows typically cost $10-35 per film/season, whereas games routinely cost as much as $70, so I think the average frequent game consumer is getting more value out of Game Pass than a frequent movies/TV watcher is getting out of Netflix. All Game Pass has to do is save you from buying a game or two a year that you think you'll like, but end up not liking, and it's virtually free. At that point, the fact that it's helping you discover games that you love that you might not have otherwise even tried is just a bonus. :)

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Ka-pi96 scrapking (on 04 December 2021)

Netflix probably can't sell movies/TV shows without working out a new deal with the rights holders.

Although Amazon can and do. I've bought a bunch of stuff on Amazon Prime Video already!

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 05 December 2021)

Gamepass is misleading, it is cheap now, because microsoft wants to take market share from sony. But once xbox sells a lot, then prices will start increasing.
At least with microsoft you have a choice, but that's only because they want to be able to even compete, if it wasn't for gamepass and short supply of ps5, the xbox would not even sell.
No one gives nothing for free, these companies are not charity, they are all greedy. They all want as much money as they can get from us. They just have to strike the balance to not lose customers. Sony is pushing it one way with increasing game prices to see how far they can squeeze money, microsoft is pushing the other way to get bad their lost customers. Sony knows they can do it, microsoft knows they have no choice. Nintendo is always going to be nintendo, always overpricing stuff because they can. Nintendo doesn't have any competition.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 09 December 2021)

Microsoft is talking about reaching hundreds of millions of gamers with Game Pass. They can't do that while raising prices. They'll probably have to do the opposite, creating a streaming-only tier and/or lower prices.

Plus with the Nintendo Expansion Pack and Sony's Spartacus, competition may force Microsoft to keep prices low even if you're right that they'd rather raise them.

Plus, as Microsoft's first-party stable grows and grows, and they all drop into Game Pass Day 1, they'll eventually have such a gigantic amount of first-party content in there that they won't need to put as much money out for third-party games for the service, which will reduce their costs to offer it. Their costs to offer it are already likely lower than some of the competition because Microsoft owns so much of their own cloud infrastructure.

Maybe you'll be proven correct. But if so, that'll be a change in direction for Microsoft from their goal of having hundreds of millions of subscribers.

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Ka-pi96 scrapking (on 09 December 2021)

Netflix keeps getting more subscribers, it also regularly gets price hikes. They've certainly not needed to lower the price to gain more people.

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scrapking Ka-pi96 (on 11 December 2021)

Until recently, Netflix didn't have serious competition. Now with Disney+, et al, I think we'll see Netflix increasing prices less frequently, or their subscriber numbers suffering if they do.

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KLAMarine Ka-pi96 (on 03 December 2021)

Fuck Nintendo. If they lock it behind a subscription, I'm emulating.

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victor83fernandes Ka-pi96 (on 05 December 2021)

That would be a terrible idea business wise, why would they charge you 5 dollars if they can charge you 50?

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Ka-pi96 victor83fernandes (on 05 December 2021)

They can't charge me 50 when I refuse to pay for their subscription.

So it's get paid 5 for selling the game, or get nothing from me, those are their choices.

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victor83fernandes Ka-pi96 (on 06 December 2021)

If you refuse then its a win for nintendo as you will buy newer more expensive games instead. The money they lose from you they get back from others who will pay for the subscription.
Business is good either way.
I have a feeling that for them to not give us a choice, it means they will drag this to the next console after the Switch, had you bought the game they would probably be forced to give it to you on their next console, this way you keep paying and you never own the games. Its smart actually.

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Chrizum (on 03 December 2021)

I bought this game on Wii Virtual Console back in the day. You know, when Nintendo still treated their retro catalogue with care and grace.

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victor83fernandes Chrizum (on 05 December 2021)

That's how smart business goes, let me guess, you probably bought the original game for 60 dollars or more, then you bought it again on virtual console, that's another 10 dollars, then they make you rebuy it again but this time yearly, when you get old you'll calculate how much money you spent to be able to play those games, it will be hundreds of dollars per game.
There is no reason why people who already bought those games on wii virtual console have to pay again and they don't even own it at the moment.
At least the games I bought on ps store I can still have them on ps5 for free because I already paid.

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Chrizum victor83fernandes (on 07 December 2021)

Nope, I only bought in on Wii VC for €10 and can play it now forever. With my retro catalogue, I have no need to "rent" these games and never owning them.

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victor83fernandes Chrizum (on 08 December 2021)

My point was you can’t play it on the switch.

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JackHandy (on 02 December 2021)

I played this back in 2000. It was a great game. Totally drew me into its world and story.

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Kakadu18 (on 02 December 2021)

Waiting for F-Zero to come too, then I'll get the expansion pack.

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zero129 (on 05 December 2021)

Ill just play it again on PC looking better then it ever did if i feel the need thanks nintendo dont feel like getting ripped off with your shitty ways when it comes to your old legacy games even more so ones that i already owned on the original hardware and again on VC for Wii.

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Kaio_felipe (on 03 December 2021)

This is one of the games that would make me get the expansion pack; however, I'll wait for the others, even If some of them weren't announced yet (F-Zero X, Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2 and especially Ogre Battle 64).

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gtotheunit91 Kaio_felipe (on 03 December 2021)

F-Zero X was announced already. Keeping my fingers crossed for the other 3 though!

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Kaio_felipe gtotheunit91 (on 03 December 2021)

My writing got a little ambiguous, but the "weren't announced yet" referred to the other three - which I'm also crossing fingers for. I'm more optimistic about Ogre Battle 64 as it appeared on the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U.

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gtotheunit91 (on 02 December 2021)

Oh f$&k yeah!!! I’m buying the Expansion Pack RIGHT NOW!! Lol jk as much as I want to play this masterpiece again, not worth the price right now

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Dulfite (on 02 December 2021)


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