You’ll Have To Pay More Than Double For Switch Online If You Want N64 Games

You’ll Have To Pay More Than Double For Switch Online If You Want N64 Games
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In September, Nintendo announced that it would make N64 games available as part of its Nintendo Switch Online service. At the time, Nintendo withheld the pricing info, leading some to speculate about how steep it could be. Today, we get our answer. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (official name) will run you $59.95 a year, or $109.95 if you opt for the family bundle.

Nintendo Switch Online, which typically costs $5.95 a month or $29.95 a year, allows you to play multiplayer Switch games — like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — with other players via the internet. What’s more, subscribers also get access to a library of more than 100 classic NES and SNES games.

Starting October 25, you’ll be able to upgrade to a premium version of Switch Online that also includes N64 games and Sega Genesis games in the library. For $59.95, you get access for a year. (You also get access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC.) The $109.95 family plan, meanwhile, grants a year of access to you and up to seven other Nintendo accounts.

At the moment, there’s no pricing info for one-month or three-month memberships — like those available with the standard Switch Online membership — and it’s unclear whether or not Nintendo will add them in the future. Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Kotaku.

Nine N64 games will be available at launch:

  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Tennis
  • Sin & Punishment
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Win Back: Covert Operations
  • Yoshi’s Story

The Sega Genesis offerings are a bit deeper, featuring 14 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the hilariously named Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and Strider, which my editor insists is a Capcom arcade action masterpiece. (See the full list here.)

Ninetndo is also selling special Switch controllers modelled after the original Genesis and N64 gamepads. They’re $69.95 a pop. Interestingly, while original N64 controllers required a Rumble Pak accessory to generate force feedback vibration, Nintendo’s preorder page for the N64 Switch controller confirms that it comes with this functionality built in.

Taking bets: How much will the rumoured Game Boy and Game Boy Colour expansion packs cost?


  • In Australia, you are paying double for Switch Online expansion, at 60 AUD (rounded up) compared to a standard 12 month subscription priced at 30 AUD (rounded up).

    Kiwis are getting shafted with paying 2.12x the price of a standard 12 month subscription, though.

    • I’m already annoyed that I have to pay for the family plan because online access is not shared across accounts on the same console, this seems like highway robbery. Hard pass.

  • Well it’s probably cheaper than having for fork out $300 for a N64 mini – if they were ever going to make one – and, based on the remaining lifecycle of the Switch, which probably has a max of 4 years to run.

    Even if you bought a $300 N64 mini – would you still be playing bit in 4 years? Well, only if you could drop ROMs on it and play 4 player local Diddy Kong Racing.

    Ahh, Diddy Kong Racing… the real GOAT.

  • I’m a life long Nintendo fan, but I’m also well aware of their anti consumer / relying on their fan loyalty to absolutely rip them the **** off for the last few decades.

    They are dreaming with this offering. Maybe start throwing in a monthly switch game to actually make it worth it? Oh wait no, just keep relying on your fans loyalty to keep you afloat there guys -_-

  • Think about it this way

    Online Expansion Pass: $30
    4 n64 controllers: $280
    2 Mega Drive controllers $140

    That’s $450 for a complete set up for a handful of games.

    On eBay, right now

    N64 console with 2 controllers: $170(on average)
    2 third party n64 controllers: $60
    Everdrive clone: $100

    Mega drive with 2 controllers: $130
    Everdrive: $100

    A bit more expensive at $560, but the difference is you’ll have access to the whole n64, Mega Drive, and Master System collection of games.

    Savvy hunters can do this all for less, might get lucky and get the consoles cheaper at a store, or garage sale.

    • It’s going to be a very diehard fan that looks to buy 4 N64 controllers and 2 Genesis controllers when they could just use the JoyCon or Pro controller instead.

  • I’m surprised our resident Nintendo loving bot hasn’t come to their defence, I guess he’s struggling to spin this in a good light too.

    • Given that Sega regularly puts its older titles on sale for other systems for dollars, and the big N tried to put its old games out as a rerelease for near retail prices….. I would say its Nintendo doing this

  • Guys guys settle down there.
    I understand your frustration and concern that the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is $60.
    But the report said the Expansion Pack will be optional meaning if you’re already an existing Nintendo Switch Online member you can still continue to use the Expansion Pack even after this new membership plan launches on October 26 later this month.

    • I don’t think this is what people are concerned about. I think it is more about Nintendo (+Sega) grabing money for basic emulation that has existed for 20+ years. And instead of giving people easy access (the original pricing) to the entire selection (given that it will get to the point there are no more games to port), that they are just trying to grab as much as possible.

  • Nintendo could blow everyone out of the water if they just provided a full library of their old games. They would charge $120 and people would buy it.

    One of the rawest parts of this deal is they have remade some of the N64 games, zelda for example, yet they don’t supply the remakes in the expansion….very disappointing.

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