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Nintendo has confirmed that it's expanding the Switch Online service with a new membership plan that includes a generous helping of SEGA Mega Drive and Nintendo 64 games.
Announced during last night's Nintendo Direct, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Plan will drop in late October. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we do know that it'll cost more to upgrade to this enhanced offering. With that said, if you don't want to upgrade, you can stick with the current plan and keep all your online access and free NES/SNES titles.
Personally, I'm enough of a nostalgic sucker to know that I'm willing to pay any price for N64 games on Switch, especially when the lineup is as good as it is. When the Switch Online expansion launches, we'll get the following N64 titles: Super Mario 64. Mario Kart 64. Star Fox 64. Yoshi's Story. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. WinBack: Covert Operations. Dr Mario 64. Sin And Punishment. Mario Tennis 64.
Nintendo added that it'll introduce more titles over time, including Banjo-Kazooie, Pokemon Snap, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Mario Golf, and Paper Mario.
But wait, there's more! In an a collaboration that would have been unprecedented back in 1998, we'll also be able to get our hands on select SEGA Mega Drive titles. These include the following:
As for the Genesis titles at launch, they include: Castlevania: Bloodlines. Contra: Hard Corps. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. Ecco the Dolphin. Golden Axe. Gunstar Heroes. Phantasy Star IV. Ristar. Shining Force. Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Streets of Rage 2. M.U.S.H.A. Phantasy Star 4. Shinobi 3. Strider.
Certain N64 titles will support four-player both locally and online. Nintendo is also selling special N64 and Mega Drive controllers that work with the Switch, although I've no idea why you'd ever want to willingly use a N64 controller ever again.
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