Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership price revealed

We learned how much it will take to get in on N64 and Sega Genesis games, as well as further content in the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

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One of the more interesting announcements in late September 2021’s Nintendo Direct was the reveal of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which will bring Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to play in the Switch Online library. However, not only did we learn that Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s new paid DLC will be part of it, but we finally got a price for both individual and family memberships on an Animal Crossing Direct.

Nintendo announced new details including pricing and content for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack during the Animal Crossing Direct presentation on October 15, 2021. An individual membership can be bought for $49.99 USD for 12 months of access. Meanwhile, you can also get a family plan subscription for $79.99 that also runs for 12 months and covers up to 8 users. To sweeten the pot, Nintendo also announced that the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise paid DLC will be included in the subscription alongside N64 and Genesis games. The Expansion Pack will launch on October 25, 2021.

If you already play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the addition of the new Happy Home Paradise DLC to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack likely makes it far more enticing.
If you already play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the addition of the new Happy Home Paradise DLC to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack likely makes it far more enticing.

The new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is a $30 jump from the regular Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which only costs $19.99 USD for an individual membership and it's a $45 hike from the original $34.99 for a family plan. That said, it would appear Nintendo is adding some major features that many will be able to enjoy as part of it. The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise would otherwise run you $24.99 to get by itself. If you’re not playing Animal Crossing, it might not sound too enticing, but if so, it’s $25 you don’t have to spend as you pick up Genesis and N64 games as well.

With the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launching on October 25 and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise Paid DLC launching on November 5 and being added to it, it seems we have just about everything we need to know for the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online additions. With membership prices and release dates confirmed, stay tuned as any further details become available on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack product page.

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    October 15, 2021 7:50 AM

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      October 15, 2021 7:53 AM

      Was the pricing for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack known previously?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNsGXJ6Cl00
      $30 a year for N64 and Genesis games (I don't have AC) seems a bit pricy to me. It's more than double the base price.

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          October 15, 2021 8:03 PM

          That’s pretty much what I did. They are out of their damned minds:

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        October 15, 2021 8:22 AM

        My only thing is: Nintendo Switch Online was designed to be the thing you had to buy in order to play online. The NES/SNES games were just a nice bonus, which is why they've done what Nintendo usually does here: releases slowed to a trickle and most of them were crap or at least not the gems people wanted. But hey, it's just a perk on the side.

        If you're wanting us to pay an extra $30 for two more platforms please don't fuck around with it. Don't do like Virtual Console and drop the ball on it. I'm actually kinda annoyed the AC DLC is tied to it because if the thing they're going to focus on more is DLC for games I don't own then it gives them an excuse to taper off the N64 offerings after the initial rush.

        But being a Nintendo whore I'll buy it. And probably that N64 controller too. Yes I know about 8bitdo or whatever, don't care.

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          October 15, 2021 8:23 AM

          I bought one of the N64 controllers, but have zero intention to buy into this stupid subscription N64 scheme. I have plenty of things in the house that'll play N64 games just fine.

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            October 15, 2021 8:25 AM

            Wait you bought one of the Switch Online N64 controllers but don't intend on paying for the Switch Online Expansion Pack?

            I think the controllers in the past (NES, SNES) generally didn't work outside of the Switch Online games. Or weren't supposed to.

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            October 15, 2021 8:36 AM

            Thanks for the reminder that they went on sale. Just picked one up!

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            October 15, 2021 9:27 AM

            I bought one just to take it apart and try to drop the analog stick into my original controllers.

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              October 15, 2021 9:40 AM

              You can't get those things on Ebay or something?

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                October 15, 2021 9:45 AM

                None of them feel like the original unless you get something like the Steel Stick mod but those are sold out and have been since the beginning of the year.

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          October 15, 2021 9:24 PM

          you dont HAVE to get the online membership thing to have the AC DLC. i think we are just going to get the DLC on its own so we can just own it forever without having to worry about it.

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        October 15, 2021 8:25 AM

        Arguably that $30 (additional above $20) is also the AC expansion too.

        They really should have separated that out. I appreciate why ppl play AC but I have no interest in that.

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        October 15, 2021 8:29 AM

        $30 + the original $20? So $50/year for everything?

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        October 15, 2021 8:34 AM

        Yeah no thanks.

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      October 15, 2021 8:01 AM

      I would get it but I still have my N64, I only want to play Musha from the Genesis titles, and I do not want to buy any new controllers.

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      October 15, 2021 8:17 AM

      $50 /yr is insane considering the base $20/yr.

      That's just a bit too greedy for my tastes.

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        October 15, 2021 8:24 AM

        They need to say what else you get with it. Because right now it is just N64+Genesis games, and the Animal Crossing DLC they just announced.

        If it is like a Gamepass for Nintendo DLC then it might be worth it, but they need to actually say it.

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          October 15, 2021 8:35 AM

          There's no implication that Nintendo has anything else in the wings beyond bringing more N64/Genesis games to the service. Given that we're approaching Xbox Live/PSN annual pricing ($60/yr), they should be talking about a free Switch game or two (not things like Tetris99 but actual full games) to make this seem reasonable.

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      October 15, 2021 9:22 AM

      no thank you

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      October 15, 2021 9:43 AM

      Lol, this is absurdly overpriced. Hope they get knocked down to earth a bit and lower it to a much more reasonable amount.

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        October 15, 2021 9:51 AM

        I thought it would be $5 more per year, I would have gone with that. I barely play the NES/SNES games as it is.

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          October 15, 2021 11:35 AM

          If it was $5 more per year motherfuckers would be complaining it wasn’t free and already included.

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      October 15, 2021 11:00 AM

      Lol no thank you

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      October 15, 2021 11:38 AM

      The only games I’m really interested in playing are Wave Race and Blast Corps. I’ll sub when either is added.

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        October 15, 2021 11:41 AM

        I STILL fire up Wave Race. It's easily my favorite N64 game at this point.

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          October 15, 2021 12:01 PM

          Do you ride the dolphin?

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            October 15, 2021 12:12 PM

            I have but I play it for the tracks. I love how simple they all are, but how a bunch of them evolve each lap of the race. It's so cool. :D

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            October 15, 2021 12:40 PM

            I thought for a second this was a coded way of saying does he do emulation.

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          October 15, 2021 12:26 PM

          I would love to see a HD remake of Wave Race with all the tracks from both games, updated graphics (doesn’t need to be anything crazy), and maybe a handful of new tracks and maybe a simple course editor that just lets you place buoys and raise/lower water levels. They nailed the wave physics so hard with the original releases—they’re still fun to play today and nothing else really compares.

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            October 15, 2021 1:12 PM

            I’m with you - I’d love an HD remake that really didn’t change much but make the game look like it does in my memory. Haha

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        October 15, 2021 1:39 PM

        Blast Corps is on Xbox Rare Collection

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      October 15, 2021 12:05 PM

      Yikes that's a lot. I don't even own Animal Crossing.

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      October 15, 2021 12:19 PM

      It sound like the high cost is Sega's fault here:

      Licensing costs are likely main culprit behind NSO expansion's bold price. I heard Sega were paid very, very well.

      This is notable because Sega weren't big fans of Wii's VC service due to low sales, revenue split, and lack of marketing. Hence why Sega didn't support Wii U VC.


      https://twitter.com/EmilyRogersBlog/status/1449039107636740105

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        October 15, 2021 12:21 PM

        I am okay with this but Imma need some Saturn titles and Chu-Chu Rocket 99.

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          October 15, 2021 12:45 PM

          Did you know there’s a Chu Chi Rocket sequel exclusive to Apple Arcade?

          https://youtu.be/V55nGVOPfgw

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            October 15, 2021 12:56 PM

            I don't need this game in 3D.

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              October 15, 2021 12:57 PM

              What’s sad is there was a perfect iOS port but it got consumed by the 32-bitpocalypse

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                October 15, 2021 12:58 PM

                The main reason I regret selling my Dreamcast. I have the GBA version and the controls work.

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          October 15, 2021 2:57 PM

          Hell yes on the Saturn games.

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      October 15, 2021 1:00 PM

      Pass. Especially when Microsoft & Sony offer recent games with their services.

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      October 15, 2021 1:02 PM

      if it were $30 total for both, then it might be a good deal..but $50 is a joke.

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        October 15, 2021 8:11 PM

        If you want the Animal Crossing paid expansion, good deal. Otherwise oof

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          October 15, 2021 8:13 PM

          Just realized that they'll probably hook this up with other paid DLC in the future, like if Splatoon 3 ever has a big expansion like Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion and they just roll it in with this plan.

          Otherwise its an extremely questionable value proposition

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      October 15, 2021 1:35 PM

      I just cancelled my subscription. That is way too much money for how often I play online with the Switch.

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      October 15, 2021 2:25 PM

      I have the Sega games I want and I've spent years talking shit about the N64. As long as Tetris 99 stays at the base level I'm good!

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      October 15, 2021 3:09 PM

      I'll buy it.

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