When Nintendo officially announced its Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) Expansion Pack service, adding games for the Nintendo 64 and SEGA, many wondered how often it would be supported with new content. For the time being, Nintendo is continuing its trend of releasing a new game every month – Kirby 64 will be released later this May.
“Inspire enemies and combine their abilities in Kirby’s adventures outside of Dreamland! Dozens of special abilities await in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, coming to #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members on May 20th!”
Originally released in 2000, Kirby 64 was the first game in the franchise to use 3D graphics and polygonal models instead of the pixel art aesthetic of previous games. That being said, the game is still very similar to Kirby’s, offering a side-scrolling platformer.
Since Kirby and the Forgotten Land was released on Switch less than two months ago, the addition of one of the franchise’s earlier games to NSO provides a good way to watch the evolution of the Kirby series. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards will be available in the NSO expansion on May 20th.