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SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive & Nintendo 64 games are coming to “Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack”

It is official now. Nintendo 64 games have been confirmed to be on the way for Nintendo Switch Online members. What may surprise you, however, is that SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive games are also on the way. Special controllers for both are also planned, and they will cost $49.99 each for Nintendo Switch Online members. Both libraries will be part of a new “Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack” plan, which is launching in late October. It includes all the features of the base Nintendo Switch Online membership. Those that already have an existing membership can change over when they wish.

The starting lineup for the Nintendo 64 games will have 9 games, including Super Mario 64, Dr. Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64, Mario Kart 64, Mario Tennis and Yoshi’s Story. Upcoming games were also revealed, including The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Mario Golf, Pokemon Snap, F-Zero X, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Paper Mario and even Banjo-Kazooie.

As for the Genesis/Mega Drive library, the starting lineup is even larger. It includes Castlevania: Bloodlines, Contra Hard Corps, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star IV, Shining Force, Shinobi III, Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and Ristar. Nintendo’s tweets about the matter can be seen down below.

31 comments

  1. My jaw fell right to the floor as soon as Banjo-Kazooie started scrolling across the screen, stayed there pretty much until the end of the segment.

    They’re coming home, guys- the bear and bird are really coming home.

  2. I wonder what they mean by pricing they already said that we can just easily changeover so is it gonna be the same price or are they gonna add a and extra fee for new users, they should have went into better wording with that.

    1. I would hope it’s basically “Pay the difference minus the % of your current subscription cycle already completed” (so if I renewed my yearly subscription on September 1st and upgraded on December 1st, then I would pay 3/4 of the cost of the difference in price between the normal yearly and the “expansion pack” one).

  3. Also can I just say, the fact that they mentioned F-Zero X by title gives me the slightest bit of hope that the series is on their minds and we might see it again soon.

    I’m sorry, I need to cling to any scrap of acknowledgement that I can.

  4. It’s going to be an additional cost for the Expansion Pack. I will be curious if there are any other features hidden away (though I hold very little expectations outside of what was already shown).

    1. I imagine the Expansion Pack will house any further expansions to NSO in general (a.k.a. GameCube, GameBoy, etc.) since it would be quite confusing to have additional tiers beyond that.

  5. I’ve seen people say they pay $20 a year for NES and SNES games. I’d correct them and say they were paying for online and got those games for free.

    I guess they now really will be paying for games…

    1. Glad you see this now. It especially sucks when the online isn’t even better than when it was free. Oh well. At least those new wireless controllers look cool

  6. Dont fight and scratch my little bear. You’ll soon need bigger underwear
    That golden piece was just for me now harder still the game will be!!
    What’s the matter Banjo is it too tough let me know when you had enough.
    Get this wrong for Grunty sakes then a lava bath you will take. Hear the crowd they boo and hiss to see you fail they.will not miss.

    1. Because the games are emulated. They could add an option to stretch the image though (and maybe they will).

  7. I am a sucker for those controllers though…

    I am contemplating when and how many to get, currently thong two N64 and one Genesis.

    And if Sega got in, I will hold on to my pipedream of eventually having a Neo Geo controller for the Switch.

  8. Here’s hoping for other Rare games. They composed the bulk of the N64 best hits.

    Jet Force Gemini
    Diddy Kong Racing
    Perfect Dark
    Goldeneye (impossible, but one can wish)
    Blast Corps
    Killer Instinct Gold

    Well, here’s hoping.

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