While the PC market allows you to freely play online multiplayer games without any problems, all three console manufacturers offer subscription services for online play. Nintendo’s most recent service, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, appears to be doing well despite initial controversy.
The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is designed to offer a greater variety of games included with the service than the base NSO game roster. In addition to NES and SNES games, paying a total of £34.99 (or £59.99 for the family plan) will get you SEGA Mega Drive games, Nintendo 64 games, as well as free DLC for your own Switch games.
This service, which collects old ROMS into a unified package, may be easy to use and reproduce, but lacks in many ways. At startup, the service suffered from a number of emulation issues that incorrectly rendered parts of included N64 headers.
Over the past months, these bugs have been fixed and features improved, but the emulator used by Nintendo is still missing many fundamental features, especially when it comes to customizing the user interface.
Despite these hurdles, the service appears to be a success , with Nintendo’s Shuntaro Furukawa stating during his latest financial Q&A that “Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership is steadily growing and its share of the total Nintendo Switch Online subscribers is The base is gradually expanding. Regionally, this ratio is especially high in the United States.”
It’s interesting to see that despite fans’ early concerns, it looks like the simplicity and accessibility of the Nintendo Switch Online service has won out. It will be interesting to see how the NSO develops in the future based on these observations. Time will tell. This month, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is free to play on the N64.