Online ‘Expansion Pack’ brings N64 and Genesis games to Nintendo Switch
Nintendo is rolling out a new membership plan for Switch Online, and it’ll unlock a library of classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. The new subscription tier will go live in October and Nintendo has not shared pricing details yet.
Games in the Online Expansion Pack include Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Starfox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Tennis, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Ecco the Dolphin, Phantasy Star IV, Sonic 2 and Streets of Rage 2, among other iconic titles. Additional N64 games will be added to the lineup over time, including Pokemon Snap, Banjo-Kazooie, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Paper Mario. See a complete list of Expansion Pack titles at the bottom of the article.
The Expansion Pack tier grants members all of the perks of a traditional Switch Online subscription, and it makes some classic games playable online for the first time. Mario Kart 64, for instance, will be playable online for up to four players.
Alongside the new (old) games and the fresh Online tier, Nintendo is rolling out wireless N64 and Genesis gamepads just for the Switch, and only for Online subscribers. The controllers are $50 each and will require a Switch Online membership to purchase.
Switch owners have been anxiously waiting for N64 games to hit the system since it launched in 2017, and the inclusion of Genesis titles is the cherry on top of today’s news. The surprising part is how the games will be distributed, via a new form of subscription DLC.
Nintendo provided the following list of old-school games included in the Online Expansion Pack:
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