Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Review

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Review

Is it worth it?

A.J. Maciejewski

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Nintendo Switch Online has recently expanded with a premium add-on so let's explore the 3 perks that are currently included.

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Nothing quite like relaxing on the beach

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons' new DLC pack Happy Home Paradise, you finally get the chance to take on a day job. After choosing to go to work on your next trip to the airport, you'll don your island-chic outfit, grab your clipboard, and hunt for visitors who may be interested in purchasing their own vacation home. Your chosen island visitor will briefly describe the vibe that they want for their vacation home and you'll get to choose where to place it then be taken directly there to start your decorating job. v1d30chumz 54-211-101-93

Thankfully, you don't have to find the items that the visitor is interested in as you are instead given a catalogue of items within the theme. You'll pick the flooring, wallpaper, lighting, and items then place them to maximize the happiness of your client. Finally, you'll polish them to a sparkle and take a photo for your photo album. What's even cooler is that you'll be paid for your efforts in a new currency that can be used to redeem unique items that you can bring back to your home when your working day is over.

The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack grants you complete access to this DLC for as long as you're subscribed but the DLC can be purchased separately and its price is slightly less than the additional cost of the Expansion Pack for one year.

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Judging by her face, I'd say I did a good job!

Nintendo 64

In addition to the delightful Happy Home Paradise, you also gain access to a library of Nintendo 64 games. Right now, there are 9 titles available but this will be expanded upon over time. My personal opinion is that the current selection is awesome with classic games such as Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time but there are also a couple of top-notch hidden gems including the thrilling rail shooter Sin & Punishment as well as the underrated stealth shooter WinBack. You also get some fun multiplayer offerings with Dr. Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, and Mario Tennis and a couple of nifty sequels with Star Fox 64 and Yoshi's Story. It's a solid start for sure.

I should mention that right now, playing Nintendo 64 games via the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack isn't ideal due to a lack of features such as button remapping and some emulation issues such as graphics that don't resemble the original game and occasional out of sync audio. I hope these issues are fixed in a patch but until then, I'll stick to playing these games on the original hardware.

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There may only be 9 games but they're quite excellent choices

SEGA Genesis

To my delight, 14 SEGA Genesis games are also included with stand-out titles being Castlevania: Bloodlines and Contra: Hard Corps which are my 2 favourite games for the console as well as M.U.S.H.A. which ranked #2 on my Top 10 Sega Genesis Shoot 'em Ups list. There are also a few phenomenal multiplayer games that made it on my Top 10 Sega Genesis Multiplayer Games list with Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Gunstar Heroes, and Streets of Rage 2. Now, those are some top-quality games but you also get some other classic titles via Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ristar, Ecco the Dolphin, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star 4, Shining Force, Shinobi 3, and Strider.

I didn't think I'd end up saying this but the SEGA Genesis offering in the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is more impressive than the collection of Nintendo 64 titles. Phantasy Star 4 alone offers over 20 hours of excellent RPG entertainment and the variety of multiplayer and arcade-style games are more than enough to keep you coming back for more. Of course, just like with the Nintendo 64 line-up, I hope that this selection is expanded upon to offer even more awesome gaming experiences from the good old days.

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Castlevania: Bloodlines has held up beautifully

Is the Expansion Pack worth it?

After all is said and done, are these 3 perks worth the additional cost? In short, it depends. If you already subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online then the extra cost is still substantial. However, if you plan on playing through Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise within a year and the collection of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games looks appealing to you then I would say that it is worth the extra cost. If you're only interested in the former then consider buying the DLC separately and if you're only interested in the latter then I would wait until the issues with the Nintendo 64 games are worked out and more titles are added for both collections.

Finally, if you decide to take the plunge, I advise against auto-renewing the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack then after it expires, re-evaluate what it offers, look back at how much you used it over the previous year, and then decide if you want to re-subscribe.

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