What you need to know
- The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack offers a medley of Nintendo 64 games, such as Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- Upon its release, players reported a game-breaking bug that caused Kirby to be stunned indefinitely.
- The newest 2.3.1 update is said to fix the issue.
Kirby's first foray into the third dimension, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards made its way to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack in May. However, players soon found a game-breaking bug — in certain underwater levels, Kirby can fall into an infinite stun loop if he takes damage. You can see an example of this happening below:
In Kirby 64 on Switch there is a glitch where if you get hit underwater, you might completely freeze and be immobile. However in this case.. I was pushed to safety.
(My attempt to combine my Twitch world with Web3) x) used to full-time stream. reference: https://t.co/1cSpEG5mPT pic.twitter.com/BC55f9fV68In Kirby 64 on Switch there is a glitch where if you get hit underwater, you might completely freeze and be immobile. However in this case.. I was pushed to safety.
(My attempt to combine my Twitch world with Web3) x) used to full-time stream. reference: https://t.co/1cSpEG5mPT pic.twitter.com/BC55f9fV68— Chaz • Techie Club 👩💻 (@ChazEevee) May 21, 2022May 21, 2022
The only way to progress after this happens is to quit the game and restart, causing players to potentially lose a lot of progress. This bug wasn't found in the original release of the game in 2000, so players were understandably frustrated. Nintendo did acknowledge it in a tweet on May 27, however, and promised to deliver a fix.
A bug has been found in #Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online that can prevent players from progressing under a certain condition. A patch will be released early next week to fix this. We apologize for the inconvenience.A bug has been found in #Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online that can prevent players from progressing under a certain condition. A patch will be released early next week to fix this. We apologize for the inconvenience.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 27, 2022May 27, 2022
And deliver they did — it is now possible to update the Nintendo 64 application under the Nintendo Switch Online umbrella to version 2.3.1. This swiftly rolled out update fixes the issue, so that players no longer have to play underwater levels on hard mode.
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 DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2.
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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.