Nintendo's latest Direct has come and gone, and it gave fans a look at what is coming to the Switch. This included looks at anticipated titles like Bayonetta 3, an expansion for Monster Hunter Rise, and a brand-new Kirby game. However, Nintendo also provided information on the upcoming Mario movie, the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, and a new update coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The Nintendo Direct also gave truth to rumors about Nintendo expanding its Nintendo Switch Online program. Nintendo Switch Online is a contentious subject among fans. While its subscription price is much lower than PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, many players have found the service to not offer as many benefits or be as consistent in connective quality. Many fans also feel disappointed by the service's NES and SNES titles, which some feel are not very desirable compared to the long list of classic titles that could be added. This has led to fans hoping for an expansion to the service's library, and now it seems that's on the way.
Nintendo Switch Online's New Expansion Plan
Rumors regarding what platforms would be added to Nintendo Switch Online have circulated in recent months. Many fans called for the inclusion of GameCube titles, and recent leaks suggested titles from the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance were coming. The Nintendo Direct instead announced that the Nintendo Switch Online membership would be expanded to include a new level of subscription with access to games from the Nintendo 64. This announcement was very exciting for fans, despite no information being revealed regarding the price or launch date of the expansion.
Perhaps more surprising was the announcement that titles from the Sega Genesis console will be added at the same time. The announced list of Genesis titles included some heavy hitters like Castlevania: Bloodlines, Golden Axe, Ecco the Dolphin, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Nintendo also confirmed that more games would be added to the selection of available Nintendo 64 titles over time, however it did not say anything in regards to the selection from the Sega Genesis. Regardless, the starting selection of titles is pretty solid for both the Genesis and the Nintendo 64.
Nintendo 64 Games Confirmed to Be Available At Launch
Super Mario 64
Mario Kart 64
Star Fox 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
WinBack: Covert Operations
Dr. Mario 64
Sin and Punishment
Titles like Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are some of the biggest that could be added. The addition of Super Mario 64 is also great to see after its availability on the Switch through Super Mario 3D All-Stars came to an end. It does seem as though this move could have motivated Nintendo's decision to make the collection available for a limited time, but there is no way to confirm that.
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