Nintendo Switch Online N64 games will all be 60Hz, English language versions
All N64 games in the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service will be offered in a 60Hz English language version, Nintendo has confirmed.
Select games will also include the alternative of the European PAL version with other language options.
Last month, Nintendo fans were left to wonder whether these releases might be 50Hz only after the European Switch Online + Expansion Pack announcement included footage of PAL games running apparently at 50Hz.
Nintendo had previously declined to comment on the matter when contacted by Eurogamer.
There's still no word on how much a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription will cost, and no concrete release date yet beyond "the end of October".
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The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack's launch line-up of games will include:
- Super Mario 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Mario Kart 64
- Lylat Wars
- Sin and Punishment
- Dr. Mario 64
- Mario Tennis 64
- Operation: WinBack
- Yoshi's Story
Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack price, release date, and N64 games list
Nintendo Switch Online gets a whole lot sweeter this October with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack plan. If the current slate of free NES and SNES titles isn’t doing it for you, you’ll soon be able to pay a little more for access to a catalog of top-tier Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. Here’s everything you need to know about the NSO + Expansion Pack including its release date, expected price, launch games, and more.
When is the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack release date?
Nintendo hasn’t officially revealed a precise release date for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack yet, only saying that the offering will go live for Nintendo Switch owners in late October. We’ll update this section with more details as they become available.
What is the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack price?
The price of the NSO + Expansion Pack is probably its most intriguing aspect. When the catalog was first revealed during a Nintendo Direct on September 23, it was described as an additional offering that would be tacked on to the traditional $19.99 (individual) or $34.99 (family) yearly fees subscribers already pay.
Just how much extra the Expansion Pack will cost remains a mystery. From our estimate, we guess the N64 and Genesis catalog of games will add another $10-20 to the above-listed price tags. We’ll provide the official pricing details once Nintendo reveals that information.
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 games list
Nintendo announced that the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack plan will launch with at least nine N64 games on day one.
- Dr. Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- Mario Tennis
- Sin & Punishment
- Star Fox 64
- Super Mario 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- WinBack: Covert Operations
- Yoshi’s Story
These N64 games will be added to the Expansion Pack catalog in the near future.
- F-Zero X
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Mario Golf
- Paper Mario
- Pokémon Snap
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis games list
In contrast to committing to a steady trickle of games, Nintendo revealed that these 14 Genesis classics will be available for Expansion Pack subscribers on day one.
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Golden Axe
- Gunstar Heroes
- Shining Force
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Streets of Rage 2
- Phantasy Star 4
- Shinobi 3
We imagine more games will be added to this Genesis lineup in the future as well, but it’s possible Nintendo was less definitive on that front because ongoing communication with Sega is likely required to make those catalog additions happen.
Do N64 and Genesis games on Switch have online multiplayer?
Yup! Just like the NES and SNES catalogs before them, all games with multiplayer modes in the N64 and Genesis catalogs can be played online. In the case of N64, multiplayer modes in games like Mario Kart 64 support up to four online players at once. It’s assumed however, that all players must be NSO + Expansion Pack subscribers to have access to your lobbies.
If it works like NES and SNES online, simply scroll over to the player silhouette icon on the left-hand side of the screen and select the option to “play online.” You can play the game while you wait for players to join, and your lobby can be made with and without a passcode.
Will there be N64 and Genesis controllers for Switch?
To celebrate the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, subscribers will be able to purchase replica N64 and Genesis controllers too. The remotes will cost $49.99 each, and they aren’t yet available for purchase or pre-order. We imagine pre-orders will go live once the Expansion Pack service pricing is officially made public.
It should be known that the Genesis controller on offer in the U.S. is the three-button variant popularized at the start of the system’s lifecycle. If you want a six-button Genesis controller for Switch, you’ll have to import one from Japan. Also, you don’t necessarily have to be an Expansion Pack subscriber to buy these controllers either, as they will be offered to anyone with a Nintendo Switch Online membership.
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The Nintendo 64 games being re-released as part of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription will run at 60Hz, Nintendo of Europe has confirmed. The news follows concerns reported by Eurogamer that the re-released games, which include classic titles like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, would run at a reduced 50Hz in European PAL regions.
The disparity is a holdover from the days of standard definition TVs which typically used the 50Hz PAL standard in Europe, but the 60Hz NTSC standard in the US. It meant that footage shown on European TVs would refresh 50 times per second, rather than 60 as in the US. This wasn’t a major issue for regular TV content (which typically ran at 30fps in the US and 25fps in PAL regions), but it had a big impact on games where it could reduce the smoothness and responsiveness of gameplay.
Concerns that the re-releases would run at 50Hz in PAL regions arose pretty quickly after their Nintendo Direct announcement. Eurogamer reported that the broadcast showed the games running noticeably slower in the Nintendo UK version, and Nintendo declined to comment when asked about the disparity.
The problem has cropped up with previous re-releases. Nintendo Life notes that the Wii’s Virtual Console included some 50Hz PAL games, although the company would rectify this with the Virtual Console service on the Wii U.
As well as offering a 60Hz option, Nintendo says select games will also include the option of playing in their original PAL versions “with language options.”
The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is set to include nine Nintendo 64 titles when it launches in late October, as well as a selection of Sega Genesis games. More N64 games, including The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and F-Zero X are due to arrive at a later date. The price of the subscription service is yet to be announced.
Nintendo 64 Switch Online Games Will Have Big Improvement
September's Nintendo Direct was jam-packed with a plethora of announcements to excite fans of Nintendo's many first-party franchises. Alongside the announcement of highly anticipated titles like Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Bayonetta 3, Nintendo officially announced that Nintendo 64 games would be joining the Nintendo Switch Online line-up with nine classic titles launching with the service's expansion pack. Nintendo has since announced through Twitter that those titles would be receiving a major quality-of-life improvement through the service.
Nintendo officially announced the line-up of titles that would be joining the service on launch as well as a selection of titles currently planned to be added. The service is planned to launch in late October and will include popular N64 staples like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time alongside more obscure titles like the Japan-only cult classic Sin and Punishment. Titles like Banjo-Kazooie and Paper Mario were confirmed to be coming in the future and the iconic developer announced today that these games would be optimized for the Switch.
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The official Twitter account of Nintendo UK announced earlier this morning that all Nintendo 64 games coming to the console can be played in 60hz English versions. Some of the titles included with the expansion pack will also be able to be played in the original PAL versions with options for different languages. The upgrade ensures that every game added to the service will be able to be experienced in 60 hz rather than the PAL versions' standard 50 hz. The inclusion of English versions also confirms the return of Sin & Punishment's English version, previously limited to the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console.
Nintendo Switch Online's upgraded expansion pack was also announced to be adding a small selection of SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive titles. The initial release will feature some iconic titles from the 16-bit SEGA console like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe, and Ecco The Dolphin. Nintendo did not announce the official price of the expansion pack during the Direct, but did mention that existing Nintendo Switch Online members will be able to upgrade for a discount.
The September Nintendo Direct was filled with plenty of major announcements and iconic Nintendo franchises. Between new trailers for the now-released Metroid Dread and the highly-anticipated Splatoon 3, Nintendo made several other announcements that got fans talking from a new Smash character (now revealed to be Sora from Kingdom Hearts) to the cast of Illumination's Mario movie. The addition of Nintendo 64 games to Nintendo Switch Online was a welcome addition to the service's library and will ensure the classic titles can be experienced by a new generation of Nintendo fans.
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