What you need to know
- Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service offering online play, access to retro games, and more.
- The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack includes Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles.
- Banjo Kazooie is set to release on the Nintendo 64 service in January 2022
The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service hasn't gotten the same treatment of several monthly games the way the base subscription has, outside of Paper Mario being announced for the system on December 12. Though Nintendo didn't have any huge reveals for The Game Awards this year, they did quietly divulge some nuggets of information after.
Guh-huh! Head to Spiral Mountain when Banjo-Kazooie joins the Nintendo 64 games line-up available to #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members in January! pic.twitter.com/PbJ4H5gGB6Guh-huh! Head to Spiral Mountain when Banjo-Kazooie joins the Nintendo 64 games line-up available to #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members in January! pic.twitter.com/PbJ4H5gGB6— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) December 10, 2021December 10, 2021
The game arguably wanted by most fans of the Nintendo 64, Banjo Kazooie, is set to release on the Expansion Pack service in January 2022. Nintendo has not announced a specific release date, but the fact that it's being released so soon after Paper Mario bodes well for the service. Some may question the quality of the port announced, however, due to the fact that Nintendo 64 games in the Expansion Pack had some notable lag issues, particularly games like Mario Kart 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Should Nintendo fix these issues, though, it will be a welcome addition to the service, as the game's developer, Rare, was bought by Microsoft many years ago. It will be the first time that Nintendo 64 fans will be able to play the game on a Nintendo console in decades.
Lots of retro goodness under one roof.
The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack offers not only online connectivity, but access to cloud saves, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, and Sega Genesis titles. Subscribers get special offers for retro-themed controllers, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons players can access the Happy Home Paradise DLC for free if they're a subscriber.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.