Nostalgia is a powerful force in the world of video games. Regardless of how objectively better new games are with their lifelike graphics, complex storytelling, and advanced gameplay, people who came of age in the ‘90s are always going to have a soft spot for the games they played as a kid. For many of us, those games were played on the Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 consoles, and now Nintendo is bringing those retro gaming experiences back to life on the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo already offers the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service that gives paying users access to a library of over 100 NES and SNES games on the Nintendo Switch, along with the option of purchasing wireless versions of those respective consoles’ controllers. Now, the Nintendo 64 and one-time Nintendo rival Sega Genesis are getting the same treatment. Nintendo has announced a new tier for Nintendo Switch Online called Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack that will include several N64 and Genesis titles. The company also announced wireless controllers that recreate the original gamepads of both systems, right down to the N64’s iconic center-mounted joystick. Some impressive games will be available on the service at launch, with the clear headliner being The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, an N64 classic that is still regarded by many as the greatest video game ever made. Other N64 games include Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Yoshi’s Story, and more, with games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and F-Zero X to be added in the future. For Sega fans, you’ll have immediate access to Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe, Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage 2, and ten other games.
Nintendo hasn’t revealed pricing for the new service (current Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions cost $3.99 per month, so it will be more than that), but they have priced the controllers at $50 each. The company has yet to reveal a specific launch date for either the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack or the wireless N64 and Genesis controllers for Switch, but both are expected to arrive by late October.
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