Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards heads to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack this month

Kirby 64 Crystal Shards
Kirby 64 Crystal Shards (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo Switch Online's Expansion pack offers Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles as a bonus.
  • Nintendo announced that Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards would come to the Expansion Pack as well.
  • The game releases on Nintendo Switch on May 20, 2022.

The Nintendo 64 represented a shift into the third dimension for many video game franchises, most notably Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda. While Kirby kind of got this treatment, with new 3D models for the colorful cast of characters, the beloved pink puffball remained confined to the 2D plane.

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack offers not only free DLC for games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2; it also offers access to classic games from the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis platforms. Nintendo announced in a tweet that Kirby's first truly 3D game was headed to the service as well, and very soon.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was originally released on the Nintendo 64 almost 22 years ago, in the summer of 2000. Kirby needs to travel the world and collect several Crystal Shards within six worlds, using his classic Copy Abilities along the way.

You can play Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription starting on May 20, 2022.

Nadine Dornieden

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.