Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack upgrade tier adds N64 & Mega Drive games in October

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Nintendo has announced that a suite of N64 games will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online game library, but not only that, they’ve also partnered with Sega to bring Mega Drive games to the service as well.

The catch? Well, it’s not a free content drop, but rather an upgraded ‘Expansion Pack’ tier that will cost more than the current Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Details on pricing, upgrades and availability will come soon, with the N64 and Mega Drive games set to be added in October.

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To start, the following games will be available, with up to 4 player online multiplayer:

Nintendo 64

  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Lylat Wars 64
  • Yoshi’s Story,
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Tennis
  • Operation Winback
  • Sin and Punishment

Sega Mega Drive

  • Golden Axe
  • Strider
  • Musha
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Streets of Rage
  • Shinobi III
  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Castlevania Bloodlines
  • Contra Hard Corps
  • Ristar

More games from both platforms will be added over time, such as F-Zero X, Paper Mario, Pokémon Snap and more.

Switch Online N64 Mega Drive

To go alongside these, Nintendo has created replica wireless versions of the N64 controller and Sega Mega Drive controller. It was filings for these that gave hints that Nintendo would be adding a new platform to the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but I don’t think anyone really expected them to add two platforms, for one of them to be a non-Nintendo platform, and for it to open up a higher priced tier to the service.

Everything will really hinge on how much the company wants to charge for this. Nintendo Switch Online gets to skate along at much lower $20 price point compared to PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, but if there’s a big jump up from that point for the expanded game library, it might put a few noses out of joint.

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1 Comment

  1. Few thoughts…

    1. Very unlikely I’ll pay extra for this.
    2. I was really hoping for Gameboy games.
    3. Zero chance of a Zelda collection now.
    4. Adding Megadrive games is just bizarre.

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