Nintendo is proud of its history – customers of the paid-for monthly subscription Nintendo Switch Online get access to emulators of the classic NES as well as Super NES consoles with impressive collection of games. Recently, there’s been the option of expanding your subscription to include titles for Nintendo 64, Nintendo’s next console following the SNES as well as it’s counterpart, the Sega Genesis, that same SNES’s primary competitor in the games for consoles of the time. Is it worth the added cost? Find out in our report.
- 1. What is Nintendo Switch Online
- 2. What games are included in the expansion pack?
- 2. 0.1 Nintendo 64:
- 2.0.2 Sega Genesis:
- 3 Impressions
- 4 Is it worth taking?
What exactly is Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online is a paid Nintendo subscription that, as per the controversial trends that has been sweeping the world in the last two consoles, is mandatory for online gaming. However, in addition to the multiplayer option, users can save their games to the cloud and the mobile application with exclusive games, as well as collection of old NES as well as Super NES games.
On September 20, 2021 Nintendo revealed an expanded package for their subscription, that is available to purchase from on October 26 2021. The expansion pack allows users to access emulators of two traditional platforms: Nintendo 64 and the SEGA Genesis. Nintendo 64 and the SEGA Genesis or Mega Drive. Mega Drive, in addition to their current features.
What games are included in the expansion pack?
The extended subscription package contains 23 games, including nine of them for Nintendo 64, nine for Nintendo 64 and 14 for the Sega Genesis. Additionally, certain Nintendo 64 games have a selection from North American and European versions. Here’s a complete listing of all games that are available on every platform.
- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Dr. Mario 64
- Mario Tennis
- Yoshi’s Story
- Winback: Covert Operation
- Star Fox 64
- Sin and Punishment
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Contrast: Hard Corps
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Golden Axe
- Gunstar Heroes
- Phantasy Star IV
- Shining Force
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Streets of Rage 2
- Shinobi 3
In the expanded package is the DLC Also included is the paid DLC Happy Home Paradise for Animal Crossing where you can build your own resort and create summer homes for various visitors. The game requires the entire version Animal Crossing itself.
Similar to NES as well as Super NES, each emulator is created as a distinct application for Switch and when it is launched, it will open the main menu in which we can choose the game we’d like to play, or access its settings. The games can be downloaded in entirety all of them work even without an Internet connection.
Any game allowed can be played with other players, either locally or via the Internet. It is worth noting that while the Nintendo 64 supports up to four players in certain games. However On the Genesis you can only two players at a time, but you’ll not require additional controllers as each player needs only one joycon.
A few users have complained about delays in input and bugs however I haven’t encountered any. It’s worth noting that some games have seen a significant decline in quality The Nintendo 64 was the first step towards 3D and the lamps pixel graphic have since been replaced with graphically slack low-polygons that could cause shock to unprepared gamers.
The controls aren’t put into the way that is most appropriate for the device. This could be because of the unique shape of the controller on it to be called the Nintendo 64. As normal, Nintendo, which is known for its experimentation, has implemented two “crosses” which one of which corresponds to the left analog sticks Switch.
Instead of pressing the buttons you need to tilt it to the right side. It’s no surprise that this results in a lot of errors. Naturally, for serious enthusiasts, there’s an additional N64-style controller available, but it’s an additional expense and isn’t easily found.
The amount of games available is quite small, particularly in comparison to the NES as well as Super NES collections from the regular subscription. Of course the N64 emulator is already heavier than that – more than 300 MB and even the tiniest capacities that Nintendo’s Switch drive is capable of taking on more space. We’re hoping for the collection to increase in the future – and the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, F-Zero X, Banjo-Kazooie, Mario Golf, Kirby 64 the Crystal Shards, Paper Mario and Pokemon Snap has already been revealed.
Are they worth it?
The most disappointing aspect that the subscription extended was its cost. One subscription will cost 3,999 rubles annually Family subscriptions with support for up to eight accounts costs 6,299 rubles. This is nearly double that of the regular version, which comes with all of the essential features. The question is whether it’s worth paying 2600 rubles for more than a dozen retro games remains an open debate.
In this case, this DLC available for Animal Crossing does not look like a very appealing bonus. The price of the base version is 2249 rubles. This is lower that the cost of a regular and an extended subscription and that’s because the add-on will remain in your account for the rest of time.
It is possible that in time, the extended subscription might have more exciting features, but for the moment it is only available to those who are the most committed players of Nintendo, SEGA and retro gaming. In particular, considering the questionable quality of the emulator and the difficult controls found in Nintendo 64 games.