Should You Buy the Expansion Pack for Nintendo Switch Online?

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Screenshot: Nintendo – For a specific sort of gamer, Nintendo’s new online subscription Expansion Pack is a terrific bargain. Despite all of Nintendo’s accolades, one aspect of the company’s online experience continually receives criticism. Nintendo has traditionally lagged behind competitors like Sony and Microsoft when it comes to allowing consumers to play games with friends and purchase digital content. However, the firm is attempting to improve by introducing a new “Expansion Pack” tier for the online service, which includes new features and unique content. Is it, therefore, worthwhile?

What features does Nintendo Switch Online offer?

Let’s take a look at what a typical Nintendo Switch Online subscription includes. The basic plan provides you online play (surprise, surprise), vintage gaming with NES and SNES games, the ability to save your game data to the cloud, access to the Nintendo Switch smartphone app, and other special deals that you wouldn’t get if you didn’t subscribe.

What is the price of the Nintendo Switch Online?

You have three payment choices with this plan: you may pay monthly for $3.99 each month, or you can pay annually for $19.99. You may increase your plan to $7.99 every three months if you want to save a little money without committing too much.

The annual subscription, at $19.99 for 12 months, is the greatest bargain if you know you’ll be using Nintendo Switch Online. A family subscription, which costs $34.99 for a year, is available if more than one individual in your group wishes to enroll. Even if only one more person subscribes, this is the best deal because it’s still $5 cheaper than the two of you subscribing independently.

What does Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack include?

Nintendo’s Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack has several intriguing new features, including the addition of additional vintage games, beginning with the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis systems. High-resolution graphics, save spots, and local or online multiplayer are all available in these titles (for compatible games). If you really want to relive the golden age of retro gaming, Nintendo also has actual N64 and Sega Genesis controllers (sold separately, of course).

In the Expansion Pack, which N64 games are included?

  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Tennis
  • Sin & Punishment
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Yoshi’s Story

What games are included in the Expansion Pack for the Sega Genesis?

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi 3
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Strider

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Expansion Pack also includes the DLC “Happy Home Paradise,” which puts you in charge of building holiday houses for inhabitants of a new island resort. The DLC is $24.99 on its own, but with an Expansion Pack subscription, it is free.

What is the price of Nintendo Switch Online and the Expansion Pack?

There are no one-month or three-month payment choices available with the expansion pack; instead, you must commit to 12 months from the start. The cost is $49.99, which is $30 more than the normal yearly Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The cost of a family membership, on the other hand, is $79.99, which is $45 more than the basic plan.

On the surface, it appears to be a big price increase; if you’re used to paying about $20 for the year, seeing your membership more than double in price is not something to overlook. When you break it down by monthly pricing, the expansion pack costs $2.50 more than the normal yearly membership, $1.50 more than the three-month plan, and 17.5 cents more than the monthly subscription.

Is it worthwhile to get the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack?

For a certain sort of Nintendo enthusiast, I believe this Expansion Pack is worthwhile. If you enjoy retro gaming and the ease of playing such titles on your Switch, the additional cost might not seem excessive. After all, for some, an extra $2.50 per month to play Ocarina of Time or Sonic whenever they want may be the perfect price.

If you want the Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC, it’s also a no-brainer. Since the DLC is $24.99 on its own, an annual Nintendo Switch Online subscription plus Happy Home Paradise would cost $44.98. For an extra five bucks, you can get a year’s worth of N64 and Genesis games. If you have no interest in such titles, then by all means save the five dollars. However, I believe that this strategy is mostly aimed at Animal Crossing fans, who would also benefit from these old games.

But they are the sole selling factors in this case. If you don’t play Animal Crossing or don’t care about the new DLC, the Expansion Pack appears to be overpriced. Because your additional $30 will be spent on N64 and Sega Genesis games, you should truly enjoy them. You might not think the extra cost is worth it if you know your way around an emulator or two.

Purchasing the Expansion Pack is not required at this time

The good news is that there’s no need to rush. To begin with, you can’t enroll right now because the service won’t be available until October 25. Even if the program does start, there is no set deadline for making a choice. Because Happy Home Paradise isn’t released until November 5th, a key component of the Expansion Pack will be unavailable right away. Plus, if you wait, new N64 and Genesis titles may be added to the collection, making the deal even more appealing.

If you do decide to upgrade to the Expansion Pack, Nintendo will give you a pro-rated discount based on how many days are left on your prior membership. You may choose to renew your Nintendo Switch Online subscription for $19.99, then subscribe to the Expansion Pack the next day; Nintendo would simply deduct the $19.99 from the price of the Expansion Pack.

To summarize, the best way to figure out whether Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is worth your money is to wait.