In the recent Nintendo Direct on September 23, a new Nintendo Switch Online subscription was announced. The subscription will be called Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription. It will contain the same perks and benefits as the already existing online subscription, but this subscription will also provide access to a library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.
Here's the current lineup of Nintendo 64 games coming in the expansion pack.
All Confirmed Games Coming to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack
- Super Mario 64
- Mario barth 64
- Starfox 64
- Yoshi's story
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- WinBack: covert operations
- Mario Tennis
- Dr. Mario 64
- Sin and punishment
The list is short at the moment, but the starting titles are very promising. Of course, this service will add more titles in the future, which they have already shown. These are the future titles that will be released after the initial launch of this program.
Games planned for future release
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- Mario Golf
- Pokémon Snap
- F-Zero X
- Kirby 64: Crystal Shards
- Paper mario
There is no current release date for the games listed.
Another benefit of this additional level of online subscription is that all games that have local multiplayer will also have online play implemented. This means you can play games like Mario Kart 64, among other titles, online and with up to 4 people at a time. Of course, every player involved will need to have the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription.
Just like Nintendo did with the release of the NES and SNES collections, they will be releasing a full-size Nintendo 64 Wireless Controller as an extra item for people who purchase this subscription. It will be priced at $49,99 USD.
Think of this new Switch Online plan like how Microsoft has its Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and Game Pass Ultimate system. One of them is just a monthly online subscription which allows players to access to play online and also get some freebies every month. Game Pass Ultimate enjoys the benefits of gold and additional games in its catalog.
This new membership plan will be rolled out at the end of October this year (2022). There is no confirmed exact date yet. The new plan will also not be part of the original subscription plans. They are separate and will have different prices accordingly. The Online Expansion Pack+ also doesn't have a fixed price, and hopefully it won't be a dramatic price difference between the standard and this one. You can view more details by clicking here.