Near the end of the Direct focusing on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, an important bit of information was revealed. The cost of the Nintendo Switch Online’s Expansion Pack, which will include Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, will be priced at $49.99 USD yearly. A Family Membership plan will also cover up to 8 Nintendo Account holders for $79.99 USD yearly. This is more than double the price of the initial plan, which costs $19.99 USD yearly.
As an added bonus, the announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC—Happy Home Paradise—will also be bundled with the Expansion Pack. Retailing at $24.99 USD, it provides further incentive to buying in, especially for those keen to going back to New Horizons following the 2.0 Update. While the DLC will launch on November 5th, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack will arrive on October 25th.
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launches 10/25!
Gain access to:
– Library of #Nintendo64 & SEGA Genesis games
– #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise at no additional cost
– All other benefits of a #NintendoSwitchOnline membershiphttps://t.co/LUjTCpLg3v pic.twitter.com/P3YEdVtp2Z
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 15, 2021
Among the starting line-up of Nintendo 64 games include classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Star Fox 64. Further titles, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Paper Mario, and F-Zero X, were also teased to be coming to the service in the future. Genesis titles packed in include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe, and Castlevania: Bloodlines, with fourteen total as opposed to the N64’s starting nine.
It’s fair to debate whether or not the substantial increase in price is worth the relative cost of the service’s additional content. At least initially, the reaction to the cost has been rather negative, based on the replies to the above tweet. With the standard plan at $19.99 USD featuring 100+ NES and SNES titles (now, anyway), an increase that high for nine N64 games and fourteen Genesis titles—Animal Crossing DLC notwithstanding—shows Nintendo values its products quite highly, despite their age.
More information about Nintendo Switch Online can be found on their official website.