Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack pricing information revealed

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After the existence of a new tier for Nintendo Switch Online was revealed during the previous Nintendo Direct, new information regarding the service was announced today. Nintendo Switch Online's Expansion Pack, which includes Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games, along with the newly-announced paid DLC for Animal Crossing New Horizons, will be included in the plan, which will cost players $49.99 for a year's worth of membership--almost on par with the cost of Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus per year. That's also more than double the price compared to the original cost of NSO's base tier plan, which is currently $19.99. If you want a yearly family membership of the Expansion Pack, you can expect to pay $79.99. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launches October 25th.

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Here is a few options to make this a good service nintendo -
Monthly free games, like how everyone else does
Post-broadband speeds
All dlc free (at least for nintendo games)
Access to the whole nintendo vc library. GB, GBC, GBA, NDS woefully underrepresented.
Good ol club nintendo stuff
or maybe just lower the damn price
One or two of these, and I might consider it. Honestly, I'm considering dropping my base online with these shenanigans.
 

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No, you can buy it separately for $25, but the cost still seems to be very much built in to the "expansion pack" regardless.
I think only the Nintendo 64 games might be potentially worth something for Nintendo Fans. Their SNES emulator is well done. Is it worth the money is a separate question. I think for most NO?

There isn't that many good sega genesis games and there is already so many pack on Switch already.
 
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I think only the Nintendo 64 games might be potentially worth something for Nintendo Fans. Their SNES emulator is well done. Is it worth the money is a separate question. I think for most NO?

There isn't that many good sega genesis games and there is already so many pack on Switch already.
As slowly as they've been rolling out NES/SNES games, and assuming they're gonna roll out N64/Genesis games at about the same rate, I expected an extra $5 a year. An extra $10/year at most.

For $30 more a year they'd have to add Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, DS, 3DS, and Gamecube games in addition to N64/Genesis, all just to get me on the fence.
 

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As slowly as they've been rolling out NES/SNES games, and assuming they're gonna roll out N64/Genesis games at about the same rate, I expected an extra $5 a year. An extra $10/year at most.

For $30 more a year they'd have to add Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, DS, 3DS, and Gamecube games in addition to N64/Genesis, all just to get me on the fence.
No, they need to be releasing some good old Switch games that are worth playing like what Sony and Microsoft are doing
 
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No, they need to be releasing some good old Switch games that are worth playing like what Sony and Microsoft are doing
True, but Nintendo being Nintendo, I figure my scenario is more realistic than them actually bringing their online services up to par with their competition. :D
 

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I bought a retro emulator that looks like a Gameboy and have a 3:4 IPs screen(cheaper than this) and also the best emulator I ever had up to PSX and most N64, and Nintendo comes with this?
 

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Not been through the entire thread so dunno if it's been mentioned already, but the jump is not half as bad here in the UK (and Europe), with regular NSO consting £35 here for a 12 month family, going up to £60 for this. Using the current exchange rate that puts the $80 price in the US about the same as UK/EUR ('standard' US NSO prices working out a fair bit lower). Couple that with the recent small price cuts of the standard Switch in the same regions, and MAYBE I can see what they are thinking...

As I watched the Direct later though, and the US version at that, I did still laugh out loud at the jump in (US) price, but £25 extra per year here in the UK, across 5 Switches, in my family of 7, plus the AC DLC which the missus would force me to buy anyway, well I'm sold actually...:lol:
 

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i'm usually onboard with everything nintendo does and buy everything regardless but i expected maybe $15 more a year not over double the original price.
if the sega games are really the reason for the completely absurd pricing just drop them or sell it separately.
add donkey kong 64 and funtastic controllers and i'm in, otherwise you can keep it nintendo.
i hope nobody pays for this and nintendo realizes it needs a price drop.
 

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As slowly as they've been rolling out NES/SNES games, and assuming they're gonna roll out N64/Genesis games at about the same rate, I expected an extra $5 a year. An extra $10/year at most.

For $30 more a year they'd have to add Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, DS, 3DS, and Gamecube games in addition to N64/Genesis, all just to get me on the fence.
Somebody is entitled.... lmfao
 

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Damn, I just thought it'd be an extra 5 or 10 dollars. I get that Sega has to get their cut from this, but damn, that's a ridiculous jump in price.
$5-10 is exactly what I expected as well. Boy, were we naive. I've reluctantly supported a lot of greedy shit from Nintendo over the years despite the resulting shame and even occasionally wondered what it would take to truly turn me off. Well, this along with allowing their hardware to be used as a scummy cloud gaming device is a good start. The expansion costs more than the actual base online service for god's sake!
 

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I will say, that if they added: Game Boy/Color, Game Boy Advance, Master System, Game Gear, and Saturn games to the service while retaining the $50 point. Maybe then I'd be comfortable with paying that price. And even then, I don't think it'd be enough. Like I don't expect GameCube or Dreamcast are ever going to be added to the service, so I'm not thinking they could be added, maybe Nintendo would have to reach out to another company or two to get me on board with $50, but at that point I'm sure the price would have to go up again. Like TurboGrafx 16 and Neo Geo games in addition to all those other systems would be worth it, but we all know that would never happen, the price would for sure go up again at that point.
 

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Along with allowing their hardware to be used as a scummy cloud gaming device is a good start.
I genuinely don't have any inherent issue with this aspect. The Switch is underpowered, yet great games beyond it's capabilities are playable on the system, but only if they release cloud versions. Now that's my inherent take mind you, there are still issues I see with some cloud games on the Switch. It's not hard to understand why Kingdom Hearts 3 can't be natively ported to the Switch, but it is hard to understand why the 2 Kingdom Hearts collection titles have to be cloud based when all those games in those collections were made for systems less powerful than the PS4 and Xbone.

Heck, the fact that the Switch has these capabilities is great for our homebrew scene as we can remote play our PC games with our own Switch this way, what's not to love there? And for a long time it gave me hope that Xbox Game Pass could come streaming to the Switch. I mean this totally seems feasible, and I bet there were even meetings at some point to discuss this given how Microsoft has been approaching Xbox and Game Pass lately, but I'm betting that they couldn't work out a deal that left all parties satisfied. Regardless, I'd have absolutely welcomed a cloud based Game Pass on the Switch if such a deal could have been worked out.
 

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Somebody is entitled.... lmfao
Well yeah, you could say other online services have set a high bar, or you could just say Nintendo's service is seriously underwhelming. Either way, releasing some old games on emulators requires almost zero effort on their part, so it's really the least they could do to include a lot more systems. They don't make any money when people buy used games/systems anyway.
 
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