Nintendo Fans Hit Back Against $50 Switch Online Membership Plan

Fans are speaking out in anger over the $30 price hike for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack after the price was stealthily revealed at the end of yesterday's Animal Crossing Direct.

Nintendo revealed that, while the price of the base membership plan won't change, the price for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which comes with games from both the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis, will cost $49.99 for a solo membership plan and $79.99 for a family membership plan.

Despite also coming with the Happy Home Designer DLC for New Horizons, Nintendo fans aren't very happy about what they deem to be an unjustifiably steep price for the limited number of improvements added, especially with the limited Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 titles at launch.

Over on the Nintendo subreddit, Redditor noobkiller69 argued that Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack isn't worth the extra $30 because "the N64 library is the smallest of all consoles, meaning they'll likely go even slower to add new games," and "you can find Genesis games just about anywhere. Sega has ported them to anything possible, and there's no lack of options". They also added that Nintendo probably included the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC to the expansion pack at the last minute to sweeten the deal.

Meanwhile, fans on Twitter are complaining that the price for the Expansion Pack is too steep to the point that they would rather keep paying $20 for the base Nintendo Switch Online membership plan, instead of upgrading to the Expansion Pack for $30 extra. Some of them went as far as to compare the price of the Expansion Pack to the annual cost of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass.

Nintendo ramping up the price for the Expansion Pack is an even bitter pill to swallow when you consider that one of the Nintendo 64 offerings, Super Mario 64, was featured in Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which they sold for a limited time in 2020 for the nearly the same amount they're selling the new membership plan for.

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