Poll: What’s the Right Price for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack?


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Time flies when you’re having fun, and it seems like the arrival of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is catching up with us pretty quickly. It was recently announced at the September Nintendo Direct for ‘late October’, and Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive games were added to the lineup.

It will be an optional extension of the standard NSO membership and will incur an additional cost as a result. It also returned to our minds today with the welcome news that European subscribers will have a choice of 60Hz versions of N64 games, albeit limited to the English language.

As a reminder of what we’ll get in the new collections, below are the confirmed launch lineups and ‘future titles’ to date:

N64 Launch Titles:

Future versions of N64:

Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Launch Titles:

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines, Against: Hard body, The bean machine of Dr. Robotnik (Puyo Puyo – Japan), Ecco the dolphin, Golden ax, Gunstar Heroes, MUSHA, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Bright force Shinobi III, Sonic the hedgehog 2, Streets of rage 2, Strider

On the two systems, the Expansion Pack will have 22 games at its North American / European launch, with another seven confirmed N64 games on the way (while more unannounced N64 and Mega Drive / Genesis games are likely in the future) . If it works in the same way as the current subscription and applications, it may also be possible to download the Japanese version of the application (from the eShop in a Japanese user login other than NSO) to play the games’ Japan only ‘on a Western account, but we will test this at launch.

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The question is, how much do you think we should pay?

Below, as a reminder, are the default prices for the current membership which includes NES and SNES libraries, cloud saves, access to online games, and member-only games like Tetris 99.

  • 1 month – $ 3.99USD / € 3.99 / £ 3.49
  • 3 months – $ 7.99 USD / 7.99 / £ 6.99
  • 12 months – $ 19.99 USD / 19.99 / £ 17.99
  • Family Membership (12 months for up to 8 accounts) – $ 34.99 / 34.99 / £ 31.49

Unsurprisingly, the Expansion Pack will offer less overall, as it simply adds the Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive libraries, with all other NSO parts on the default service (as far as we know, there could be other details yet undisclosed). Nintendo will introduce this new ‘membership plan’ that includes the standard NSO subscription with the expansion pack, which will be an option to buy from scratch or to upgrade existing memberships.

We are interested in your opinion, so let us know in the polls and comments how much Nintendo should charge for additional platforms and games. Prices in the survey ask how much to add to the existing annual NSO price for the contents of the Expansion Pack; yes you can say ‘free’ yes Really want.


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