In September, Nintendo announced that it would make N64 games available as part of its Nintendo Switch Online service. At the time, Nintendo withheld the pricing info, leading some to speculate about how steep it could be. Today, we get our answer. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (official name) will run you $50 a year, or $80 if you opt for the family bundle.
Nintendo Switch Online, which typically costs $4 a month or $20 a year, allows you to play multiplayer Switch games—like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate—with other players via the internet. What’s more, subscribers also get access to a library of more than 100 classic NES and SNES games.
Starting October 25, you’ll be able to upgrade to a premium version of Switch Online that also includes N64 games and Sega Genesis games in the library. For $50, you get access for a year. (You also get access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC.) The $80 family plan, meanwhile, grants a year of access to you and up to seven other Nintendo accounts.
At the moment, there’s no pricing info for one-month or three-month memberships—like those available with the standard Switch Online membership—and it’s unclear whether or not Nintendo will add them in the future. Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Kotaku.
Nine N64 games will be available at launch:
The Sega Genesis offerings are a bit deeper, featuring 14 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the hilariously named Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and Strider, which my editor insists is a Capcom arcade action masterpiece. (See the full list here.)
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Ninetndo is also selling special Switch controllers modeled after the original Genesis and N64 gamepads. They’re $50 a pop. Interestingly, while original N64 controllers required a Rumble Pak accessory to generate force feedback vibration, Nintendo’s preorder page for the N64 Switch controller confirms that it comes with this functionality built in.
Taking bets: How much will the rumored Game Boy and Game Boy Color expansion packs cost?
Calling it an expansion pack was a mistake. I expected a $10 increase, not more than double what people are already paying for. Wondering if this will flop. It costs nearly as much as xbox live and playstation plus, and nintendo’s only incentive are old games, while playstation and xbox both offer new titles each month for their memberships