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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How about every Nintendo game ever published on the older platform all at once Netflix style. Maybe then it can justify that kind of price. In that case no Nintendo fan can refuse.

Or even better, add a premium tier with new Nintendo games Disney+ style.

Everybody is going for subscriptions nowadays. Nintendo still have a long way to go (maybe need a change in management team to make it happen).
 
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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:
It's an online store. Where you reside don't really matter, just go with the best store you can find. Maybe they limit your payment method that is all.

If you trust your family you don't need to have one for each Switch. You only need to have enough for the number of people who will play simultaneously online.

Frankly speaking online features isn't that useful on the Switch.

I think the most online gaming platform is the phone. Console is way behind and Nintendo is at last place.
 
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I believe the expansion is going to be available for only $5 additional for individual and $20 additional for family. $25 and $55 annually. The DLC is being sold individually for $24.99. I don't think they are going to force the plan with the DLC on people who don't even have Animal Crossing. And for those that do, they certainly aren't going to include the cost of the DLC every year after the initial purchase of the bundle. 2nd year and on for bundle purchasers will be the $25/$55. Edit: I could be totally wrong here. It looks like they are charging to rent the AC dlc as a part of the price and you lose access to it if you stop paying. But still, wouldn't they offer a lower cost option for anyone who doesn't even have AC?
 
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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.
Nintendo would be insane to make a gamecube service when every game is about a gigabyte each..........

I do agree with the handheld consoles though
 
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the sega genesis collection on steam lets us use the roms in emulators.
and project64 exists.
and the animal crossing dlc can be bought seperately.
in short, no matter which way i look at it, theres nothing to gain from the price hike. no netcode fixes, no better performances, nothing.

as a nintendo fanboy, this "expansion" is not worth it. not even at gunpoint.
 

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Nintendo would be insane to make a gamecube service when every game is about a gigabyte each..........

I do agree with the handheld consoles though
Meh, they could just release a few at a time and let you select which ones you want to download individually. Obviously this is just hypothetical though, given that somebody at Nintendo thinks a limited selection of N64 and Genesis games alone add $30/year worth of value. If they do eventually release GBC/GBA games they'll probably tack another $10-$20 a year on. :rofl:
 

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I'm just happy i have a hacked Switch and none of this is a problem for me. I have the whole library of N64 games and Genesis and, if I want to, can get the DLC on the internet entirely for free.
 

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Meh, they could just release a few at a time and let you select which ones you want to download individually. Obviously this is just hypothetical though, given that somebody at Nintendo thinks a limited selection of N64 and Genesis games alone add $30/year worth of value. If they do eventually release GBC/GBA games they'll probably tack another $10-$20 a year on. :rofl:
Cloud gaming...?
 

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It's funny that Nintendo thinks that their service competes with Gamepass or PS+ so that they can do a similar price too.
Sadly, it doesn't.
Whoever has been running Nintendo the last 5 years hasn't been doing the best job.
Finally makes sense why they want to butcher every ROM site and emulator in existence. They just want everyone to their extremely overpriced service.
 
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Nintendo would be insane to make a gamecube service when every game is about a gigabyte each..........

I do agree with the handheld consoles though
Aren't games store bought that have nothing more than a download code?

Aren't there ginormous games, like MK, Skyrim available to purchase from the eShop?

1.4gb worth of game isn't that bad.
 

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Meanwhile in Europe... It costs 40 euro and the family one 70 euros
Just sign up for a US account if US is cheaper or find the cheapest country. Nintendo don't track where you are located. The most they may do is reject your credit card.

Once an account with a subscription is on the Switch all profiles on that Switch gets to enjoy the service except the backup save to cloud feature if I am not wrong

Nintendo don't check where you are, what you get depends on the store you sign up the account and you can set where that is manually in the Switch. You are where you claim you are.
 
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Just sign up for a US account if US is cheaper or find the cheapest country. Nintendo don't track where you are located. The most they may do is reject your credit card.

Once an account with a subscription is on the Switch all profiles on that Switch gets to enjoy the service except the backup save to cloud feature if I am not wrong

Nintendo don't check where you are, what you get depends on the store you sign up the account and you can set where that is manually in the Switch. You are where you claim you are.
Ehhh Europe is cheaper, no thanks (i live in europe so...)
 

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They probably priced it based on what their market research showed for each region. The expansion pass will sell like crazy in every region. Digital goods in the U.S. will sell really well this Christmas anyway with the physical shipping container crisis.
 

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Cloud gaming...?
Isn’t these Nintendo Switch online channels technically cloud gaming though since they could stop the service anytime they want. I think if sega is their excuse for this price, just drop sega because a price drop is really needed if they want this to work out in some way or another for them to get people to buy into this. All I may want is the n64 controller but I think that needs a price drop too.
 
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