What you need to know
- Nintendo Switch Online is an online service that offers access to retro games, cloud saves, and more.
- The base Nintendo Switch Online subscription offers Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games.
- The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack allows players to access a variety of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles.
- The newest Nintendo 64 title in the NSO Expansion Pack line-up is Paper Mario, a role-playing game.
With the release of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, Nintendo promised that new Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games would continue to be released for the service. Since the service's release in October, no new games were announced until now. Nintendo's Twitter account announced the upcoming release of Paper Mario for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, a game originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000.
Adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches as a paper-thin version of Mario!
Paper Mario unfolds on #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members on 12/10! #Nintendo64 pic.twitter.com/2DIatjGtTUAdventure through the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches as a paper-thin version of Mario!
Paper Mario unfolds on #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members on 12/10! #Nintendo64 pic.twitter.com/2DIatjGtTU— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 3, 2021December 3, 2021
The game set itself apart from other Mario games at the time by featuring a cast of Mushroom Kingdom characters made entirely out of paper — and using this mechanic to the fullest with paper-centric puzzles, witty puns, and world building. Paper Mario is set to release on the service on December 10, 2021. Only subscribers to the Expansion Pack can access this and other Nintendo 64 games upon its release.
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.