More Sega Genesis games head to Nintendo Switch Online

Sega Genesis Controller
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What you need to know

  • The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack offers both Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles to subscribers.
  • Five additional Sega Genesis titles have made their way to the online service.
  • All games are now available at no extra cost for subscribers only.

Some Sega fans subscribed to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service may have felt left out after no new Sega Genesis games had been announced for some time. Paper Mario and Banjo Kazooie were already promised for the service, with no word about Sega Genesis games.

In a surprise announcement, Nintendo posted a tweet on their social media accounts stating that five Sega Genesis games would be making their way to the online subscription service.

Altered Beast, ToeJam & Earl, Dynamite Headdy, Sword of Vermilion, Thunder Force II are all available right now for subscribers at no extra cost, with all their retro goodness intact. Their release, however, begs the question of what Nintendo's strategy is for their release.

Nintendo 64 games have been announced or released one at a time, yet Genesis games seem to be releasing in groups of at least five. This is understandable given that the Sega Genesis is a 2D gaming console, but many fans would prefer clearer lines of communication between Nintendo and their audience.

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.