Nintendo is launching a new tier of Switch Online with N64 and Sega Genesis games

Nintendo is launching a new tier of Switch Online with N64 and Sega Genesis games

Nintendo has officially announced that it has not, in fact, forgotten that its catalog of retro games features more than NES and SNES games. In this week’s Nintendo Direct, the Big N announced that it was adding a new selection of Nintendo 64 classic titles to its Switch Online subscription service, as well as several Sega Genesis titles. These games won’t be available with the base Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but rather through a new subscription tier called Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

The Nintendo 64 games coming to Nintendo Switch Online when the new tier launches are:

  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Tennis 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • WinBack
  • Yoshi’s Story

More games will be coming to the platform in the future, including Banjo-Kazooie, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Paper Mario, and F-Zero X.

The big surprise is not the Nintendo 64 news, exactly; we’d been hearing rumors that those games would be coming to Switch Online for a little while now. No, the revelation that Sega Genesis games would also be coming to the Switch really threw some for a loop. The Genesis games coming to Switch when the Expansion Pack launches will be:

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Strider

In addition to the games, Nintendo is launching two new controllers: Switch-compatible wireless Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers. The controllers will be available for $50 to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. We don’t know when exactly they’ll be available, but presumably they’ll launch around the same time as the Expansion Pack.

Nintendo has not yet shared how much the Expansion Pack will cost. We do know it’ll be officially released in late October.

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