As Playstation and Xbox leap forward into the next-gen 4K future, it seems Nintendo are returning to their roots. The gaming giant will bring beloved N64 games back from the dead in October through a premium Switch Online service, the company announced yesterday.
From late October, Switch gamers will be able to play classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, and many more via the new Switch Online+ service. It will also include a number of classic SEGA Genesis games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Currently, Switch Online subscribers have access to online multiplayer across the platform as well as dozens of emulated versions of Nintendo's classic games from the NES and the SNES. To access the N64 and SEGA emulators, gamers will need to pay a higher price tier.
On top of that, Nintendo will release Switch-compatible versions of the original Nintendo 64 controller for $49.99 (roughly £36).
While Nintendo hasn't yet shared details on pricing, it did say it will share more information ahead of the October launch. Nintendo insiders say it is unlikely to be drastically more expensive than the current £18-per-year Switch Online membership.
The first batch of N64 games to be made available include:
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Super Mario 64
- Star Fox 64
- Yoshi's Story
- WinBack: Covert Operations
- Dr. Mario 64
- Sin and Punishment
- Mario Tennis 64
Classic N64 games 'could soon be coming to Nintendo Switch Online'
Further down the line, Nintendo will also add:
- Pokemon Snap
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Mario Golf
- Paper Mario
- F-Zero X
The official announcement follows months of leaks and rumours speculating that Nintendo would be beefing up their emulator line-up.
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This month has also seen the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED model, which brings some major upgrades to the portable console's screen and dock.
In October, we'll also see the launch of the much-awaited Metroid Dread, the first 2D instalment in the beloved series since 2002.
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