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Expansion Pack is the paid downloadable add-on to the Nintendo Switch Online service. It grants members exclusive access to Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, and access to DLC and exclusive features. The add-on service is not separately purchasable.

It launched on October 25, 2021.

Exclusive game library

The Expansion Pack service includes access to exclusive new library of games from the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis systems. As with the NES and SNES services, it does not cycle out games and subscribers can play an unlimited amount of games from selection. New games may be released on a monthly basis.

Nintendo 64

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This app includes games from the Nintendo 64 game library, presented at higher resolutions, and includes rumble support for select games. At launch, 9 games have been made available, with additional games confirmed for future release. Up to 4 players can play locally and online. Rewind function is not supported.

Sega Genesis

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Games from the Sega Genesis catalogue have been included. Multiplayer supports up to 2 players. There were 15 games to choose from at launch.

DLC Access

Expansion Pack members can get access to downloadable content for games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2 all at no additional cost. Members can play while subscribed for the remaining time of the subscription. Past subscribers would then lose access unless subscribed again. Items that are part of the DLC and were brought to the main game are still accessible, however, even without a membership.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise

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Main article: Happy Home Paradise

Players create and design new vacation houses on resort islands.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass

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Main article: Booster Course Pass

Additional 48 remastered courses from throughout the Mario Kart series will be added.

Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion

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A new exclusive campaign focusing on playable Octolings was added, and they can be used in the base game upon completion.

Pricing

The pricing is annual billing, and is available for individuals or multiples (through Family Memberships). Current members of the base Nintendo Switch Online service will receive a "prorated" price deduction ($0.05 per day) for the Expansion Pack, depending on the remaining time of the base service. There is currently no monthly option confirmed.

Country 1 year Family (1 year)
US $49.99 $79.99
Canada $63.99 $99.99
Japan ¥4900 ¥8900
Europe 39,99€ 69,99€
UK £34.99 £59.99
Australia $59.95 $109.95

Reception

Following its pricing reveal, the service has been panned by viewers and gamers for it being "expensive". The service's overview trailer has received over 187,214 dislikes since its upload date.[1]

Controversy

Upon release, the service has been reported to have technical issues in the Nintendo 64 application. Such issues include input lagging, speed slowdowns, mid-game crashes, frequent unstable connections, and glitches. Additionally, the app was met with backlash for its inabilities and lack of additional features.[2][3]

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