The new, higher-tier online membership, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which Nintendo announced at the end of September, is now accessible.
The cost of the service is now more in line with its siblings on PlayStation and Xbox thanks to the $49.99 price tag, which is more than double the standard Nintendo Switch Online pricing. Apart from access to multiplayer, though, what it offers is very different.
An overview of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, its terms, and the benefits of signing up are provided below.
In order to entice users to sign up, Nintendo Switch Online launched in the fall of 2018 and offered access to a sizable library of emulated Nintendo Entertainment System titles.
A year later, Super Nintendo games were added to the selection. The NES and SNES catalogs have gradually been expanded in addition to online multiplayer, cloud saves, voice chat, a companion app, and other features.
All of that, along with a selection of nine Nintendo 64 games and fourteen Sega Genesis games, are included in the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Additionally, it offers Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ premium addition, Happy Home Paradise, a $24.99 value, to subscribers.
There is a catch: You can only get the Animal Crossing DLC while your subscription is valid, just like with the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection and Xbox Live Games With Gold. When your membership expires if you cancel your subscription, you no longer have access.
Players can only access the N64 and Genesis games for as long as they continue to subscribe to an Expansion Pack.
What Specifically Do I Get From The Expansion Pack?
The Available Nintendo 64 Games Include:
- Mario 64’s Dr.
- Super Mario 64
- Nintendo Tennis
- Sin and Penalty
- Snes Star Fox
- Nintendo 64
- The Ocarina of Time from The Legend of Zelda
- Win Back: Secret Activities
- Yoshi’s Tale
More N64 Games, Including Pokémon Snap, Paper Mario, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Mario Golf, F-Zero X, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Will Be Available, According to Nintendo. but No Specific Release Date for These or Other Games Has Been Provided.
The Available Sega Genesis Games Include:
- Bloodlines in Castlevania
- Against: Hard Corps
- Mean Bean Machine by Dr. Robotnik
- The Dolphin Ecco
- Silver Axe
- Armada Heroes
- The Millennium in Phantasy Star 4
- Dazzling Force
- 3 Shinobi
- Second Sonic the Hedgehog
- Second Streets of Rage
If You Purchased a Sega Genesis Mini in 2019, You Should Know that All Games from The Sega Genesis Library—aside from Musha and Ristar—are Available on The Sega Genesis Mini.
It’s Also Worth Noting that Some of These Sega Genesis and N64 Titles Will Support Online Multiplayer, so You Can Play Mario Kart 64 with Friends Even if You’re Not Sitting Next to Each Other on The Sofa.
What Happens if I Already Have a Basic Nintendo Switch Online?
Your Ordinary Nintendo Switch Online Membership Would Expire and Be Rebilled on The Same Day that Nintendo Will Sign You Up For a Prorated Subscription Whose Expiration Date Roughly Corresponds with That of Your Regular Membership.
The Subscription Will Then Automatically Renew for A Full Year at The Full $49.99 Price. Before Clicking to Buy It, Subscribers Will Be Informed of The Full Cost and Expiration Date of Their First Expansion Pack Membership Term, According to Nintendo.
What if I’m a Member of A Family?
Only the Family Plan for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, Which Costs $79.99, Is Available to Those Who Have Purchased a Family Membership for Nintendo Switch Online.
It Cannot Be Converted into A Single Expansion Pack Subscription. to Cancel a Family Plan on Regular Nintendo Switch Online, You Would Need to Wait Until It Expired Before Purchasing a New Individual Subscription at The Service Tier of Your Choice.
As a result, if You’re a Family Plan Subscriber, You Can’t only Purchase the Expansion Pack Upgrade for Yourself. You Would Have to Cancel the Family Package and Get a Brand-New Subscription for $49.99.
There Are Additional Details in This Faq, but The Fundamental Guidelines Are as Follows:
You Can Upgrade to Any Other Choice if You Already Have Nintendo Switch Online for Yourself (individual Expansion Pack: $49.99; Family Membership: $34.99; Family Membership with The Expansion Pack: $79.99).
If You Purchase Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack for Yourself, the Expansion Pack ($79.99) Is the Only Way to Upgrade to A Family Subscription.
Only the Family Level of Service ($79.99) Is Available for Adding the Expansion Pack if You Have a Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership.
Can I Downgrade to Standard Nintendo Switch Online from Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack?
The Quick Response Is that Nintendo Intentionally Made This a Challenging, Multi-Step Procedure. The Auto-Renewal of A User’s Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Subscription Must First Be Turned Off (within 48 Hours of The Current Term’s Expiration).
Notably, After You’ve Done This, You Won’t Be Able to Restart Nintendo Switch Online Billing for That Account Going Forward. They Would Then Need to Let that Nintendo Switch Online Account Expire and Purchase a Basic Subscription for Nintendo Switch Online at Its Price.
There Is No Way to Simply Remove the Expansion Features and Return to Your Former Tier of Service, Despite the fact that The Extra Features Are Marketed as A “expansion Pack”; Instead, They Are All Separate Subscriptions. You Must Quickly Purchase a New Expansion Pack Subscription After the Current One Expires.
Should I Buy Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack?
Your Pleasure of Games for The Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 Will Have a Big Impact on How Much Value You Gain from Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Remember that After You Purchase Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dlc, It Will No Longer Be Available in Your Game if You Decide to Downgrade.
The DLC Would Be Better Purchased Once for $24.99; It Is $5 Less Expensive, and Happy Home Paradise Is Yours Forever. the Animal Crossing Expansion Subscription You Purchase Practically Commits You to Pay $49.99 Every Year for As Long as You Want to Play It.
Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Super Mario 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Are Among the Most Popular Games for The Nintendo 64, Whereas Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Rage 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Strider, and More Titles Are Available for The Sega Genesis. Additionally, as Was Already Noted, Certain Games Include Multiplayer Options.
You Can Even Use Controllers that Are Exact Reproductions of The Ones that Came with The Consoles to Play These Games. Each of the controllers costs $49.99. (On the Nintendo Store, the N64 controller is sold out; the Genesis gamepad is still available, but it only has three buttons; a six-button throwback pad is only available in Japan.)