Cheers to the weekend! I hope you all had a great week and, if not, let's make it a lil' better right now. Let's dive into this edition of Weekend Discussion.
Nintendo decides to make bad choices with Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack
Nintendo surprised plenty of us today during the Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct stream event by announcing the price points for annual memberships of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack during the show. The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack annual subscriptionwill see a $30 increase and will include Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles and the upcoming Animal Crossing Paid DLC.
I am not sure who is going to pay for this subscription without Nintendo adding more value and more stability to their online infrastructure. I love N64 and the idea of playing classic N64 titles online with friends sounds awesome but all of my friends would need to have this subscription and Nintendo's online play has not been the best experience for a lot of games.
For Animal Crossing fans this could be a solid deal as the upcoming paid DLC for the game is $24.99 so for about $5 more, those players can snag the DLC and enjoy all the other NSO content as well. There is a Family plan option for $79.99. If you have the friends or family willing to split up the price, you be looking at paying less than the original NSO sub.
I think the main factor that will determine the success of the Expansion Pack will be if Nintendo adds more value through DLC add-ons for their first party games. My fellow staff TJ Denzer mentioned this after the reveal on Twitter as well:
You know what would be a winning move by Nintendo? Add further 1st-party DLCs to the Expansion Pack. Start by making the Smash Ultimate Fighter Passes part of the Expansion Pack. If there's DLC boards for the next Mario Party, make it part of the Expansion Pack. So on, so forth.— 💀TJ Denzer is a fluffy skeleton💀 (@JohnnyChugs) October 15, 2021
We put up a poll asking our Twitter followers if they would pay for the new expansion and the results are not what Nintendo would want to see.
Will you be paying $49.99 for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscription?— Shacknews (@shacknews) October 15, 2021
We have seen Microsoft and Sony change directions when it comes to their online services in the past after vocal backlash from gaming communities so there is a chance that things could change but with a release date only two weeks away, I would be surprised if that happens.
Will you be purchasing the Nintendo Switch Expansion Pack? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
A Journey around the Internet
Here's this week's collection of internet randomness. Enjoy.
The spiciest clapback of the week goes to Turtle Rock for this gem.
11 herbs and spices, and still no taste. pic.twitter.com/wl5YsEmVmu— Turtle Rock Studios is Back 4 Blood🩸 (@TurtleRock) October 12, 2021
Can't die on the crates if you are already dead
The accuracy. I swear the trash talk during continue screens used to hurt my self esteem.
Fighting games these days are rough… pic.twitter.com/VmjlSKd43L— DataDave (@DataDaveTV) September 29, 2021
Yeah I'm uninstalling the game after this disrespect.
There's definitely more than one type of baking in Animal Crossing now.
that is a bong on that table and this guy is blitzed out of their mind with these funky gyroids pic.twitter.com/tkhdjaFTkO— uzui tengen’s buff mice (@MsBooogie) October 15, 2021
This one goes pretty deep. Dude basically has a bird wife who's suspected of multiple bird murders. I wonder what the pay is like to become soul mates with a killer crane.
When he says he’s married with five kids but “it’s complicated” pic.twitter.com/Ad7E8uZ58J— Mummy Dearest 🏳️🌈🎃🧙♀️🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍 (@amandadeibert) October 5, 2021
Not sure how Spider-Man No Way Home will top this masterpiece. Incredible.
Spiderman Saves His Dog in Minecraft pic.twitter.com/3zXosuYaWB— EUGENED (@realEUGENED) September 22, 2021
Steve Harvey memes have not gotten old to me yet.
Steve Harvey memes are my favorite side of Twitter. pic.twitter.com/vXNTdEuWgZ— Bri ✨ (@storymodebae) October 15, 2021
That brother is starving!
"You got games on yo phone?" pic.twitter.com/0YrUXV8Chu— ††† (@DoomMetaI) October 8, 2021
Gonna end on a wholesome moment. Love to see it!
Wholesome watch: Skateboarder 🛹 helps daughter conquer scary stunt pic.twitter.com/Cqp8nAub0V— Teddy (@Teddy_V2_) October 11, 2021
In Case You Missed It...
- Back 4 Blood review: Settling 4 less
- Weekend Console Download Deals for Oct. 15: DC FanDome Sale
- Apple has reportedly fired #AppleToo movement leader Janneke Parrish
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise paid DLC announced
- Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl review: Slimy around the edges
- AbleGamers' Steven Spohn interview: Making a difference for disabled gamers
- Monster Hunter Rise Steam demo launches & features rewards for the full game
I finally got around to listening to the new Jungle album and it's honestly been on repeat since. There's several videos for key tracks that have dropped as well that I recommend checking out if you like seeing a diverse pool of dancers expressing themselves in visually captivating settings. I think the group has definitely hit a solid groove that they should stay with.
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