Nintendo Reveals the Release Date for the Switch Online+ Expansion Pack

Published 10/16/2021, 8:14 AM EDT


Following in the footsteps of developers like PlayStation and Xbox, Nintendo will now offer a paid membership service. This subscription goes by the name of the Nintendo Switch Online+ Expansion Pack. It offers Switch owners access to N64 and SEGA games alongside Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Happy Home Paradise DLC.

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According to a recent Tweet from Nintendo, the pack will be released on  Monday 25th October (North America) / Tuesday 26th October (Europe). The subscription service can be purchased as an individual member or as a family pack. These packs will cost you $49.99 per year and $79.99 per year respectively.

Some of the main attractions with this pack include nostalgic games like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64, and SEGA games like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Streets of Rage 2. These games are timeless and will excite any Nintendo 64 player. In addition to this, members will receive the Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Happy Home Paradise DLC which costs $24.99 originally.

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What does the Nintendo Switch Online+ Expansion Pack Offer

The update alone is a good enough reason to purchase a yearly membership since most Animal Crossing players are extremely excited about it. Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ version 2.0 update marks the return of Brewster and his coffee shop The Roost. Additionally, other fan-favorite villagers, Gyroids, and Island Ordinances are set to make an appearance with the update. Lastly, it features the Happy Home Paradise DLC, which allows you to design your fellow villager’s dream homes.

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Keeping with the retro theme, Nintendo announced that they would be releasing N64 and Sega Genesis controllers compatible with the Switch. The prices of the controllers are expected to start at $50 each. The release is a tribute to Sega and Nintendo who were fierce rivals in the 1990s, each hoping to dominate the 16-bit era of video games. However, Sega has exited the gaming industry with its latest developments. It is now best known for Sonic the Hedgehog and the Yakuza series.

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While Nintendo may not be able to compete with PlayStation Plus or Xbox’s Games Pass yet, it is a great initiative from the company. What is your opinion on the Nintendo Switch Online+ Expansion Pack? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Aaron Dias is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently, he is a student at Xaviers College and is heavily invested in eSports. His interest in eSports began when he was young, with titles like FIFA, WWE, and Grand Theft Auto.

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