With the release of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack plan in October, Nintendo Switch Online gets a lot better. If the free NES and SNES games don’t do it for you, you’ll soon be able to access a catalog of top-tier Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, but you’ll have to pay a lot more than the base subscription price.
If you like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s a no-brainer—the Happy Home Paradise DLC will be included with the subscription. If you don’t care about the chill life sim, you might not be able to handle the price increase and what seems to be an annual subscription requirement.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NSO + Expansion Pack, such as when it’s coming out, how much it’s likely to cost, what games it will come with, and more.
What is the release date for the Nintendo 64?
The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will come out on October 25, Nintendo said after the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct on October 15.
You can also order the N64 and Sega Genesis controllers for Switch Online from the company’s online store. On October 25, both controllers will start to be sent out.
How much does the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack cost?
When the catalog was first shown on September 23 during a Nintendo Direct, it was said to be an extra feature that would be added to the $19.99 (individual) or $34.99 (family of up to eight users) annual fees that subscribers already pay.
On October 15, Nintendo told us how many switches Online + Expansion Pack would cost. A single user will have to pay $49.99 for an annual subscription, which will include the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC. That’s a big jump of $30 from the basic individual subscription. With the Expansion Pack, the price of a family membership for eight people will go up to $79.99.
Unlike the base subscription, which has options for paying every one or three months, it looks like anyone who wants the Expansion Pack, whether they choose an individual or family plan, will have to pay the annual rate.
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 Games List
Nintendo said that the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack plan will launch with at least nine N64 games on day one.
- Dr. Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- Mario Tennis
- Sin & Punishment
- Star Fox 64
- Super Mario 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- WinBack: Covert Operations
- Yoshi’s Story
These N64 games will be added to the Expansion Pack catalog in the near future.
- F-Zero X
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Mario Golf
- Paper Mario
- Pokémon Snap
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis Games List
Instead of a gradual rollout, Nintendo has announced that the first 14 Genesis titles will be made available to Expansion Pack subscribers on launch day.
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Golden Axe
- Gunstar Heroes
- Shining Force
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Streets of Rage 2
- Phantasy Star 4
- Shinobi 3
We anticipate additional titles will be added to this Genesis roster in the future, though it’s possible Nintendo was less categorical on that front because of the need for a constant dialogue with Sega to make those catalog additions a reality.
What are the N64 and Genesis games that have online multiplayer on Switch?
Yup! All games with multiplayer modes in the N64 and Genesis catalogs can be played online, just like their NES and SNES counterparts. Mario Kart 64, for example, has a multiplayer mode that may have up to four players online at once on the Nintendo 64. However, it is expected that all players need to be NSO + Expansion Pack subscribers to enter your lobbies.
If the online functionality is similar to that of the NES and SNES, you should be able to select the “play online” option by clicking the player silhouette icon in the upper left corner of the screen. While waiting for others to join, you can get a head start on the action by playing the game in your lobby, which can be created with or without a password.
Will There Be N64 and Genesis Controllers for Switch?
In addition to the Nintendo 64 and Genesis controller replicas, users can now purchase the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Each remote control will set you back $49.99.
Switch Online also supports the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers, both of which may be purchased through the official website.
It’s important to note that the Genesis controller available in the United States is the three-button one first released for the system’s infancy. You’ll need to get your hands on a Genesis controller for Switch with six buttons from Japan. These controllers will be available for purchase to anybody with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, not just Expansion Pack subscribers.
Facts about Nintendo 64
- The Nintendo 64 was the first console to feature 3D graphics.
- The Nintendo 64 is also the first system to have a controller with an analog stick.
- The Nintendo 64 has nearly 400 games.
- The release date was repeatedly delayed.
- The Nintendo 64 could use a rumble pak on the controller or an expansion pak on the system.