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News Zelda: Majora's Mask Cutscene On Switch Apparently "More Accurate To N64" Than Wii Virtual Console Emulation
See for yourself
Nintendo yesterday added another game to its Switch Online Expansion Pack and updated the N64 library to Version 2.0.0. There have been all sorts of improvements, but this latest update is even better than expected, it seems. According to "Zelda 64 researcher" and Twitter user
Review The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Magnificent, Unique, And Worth Revisiting
Okay, campers, rise and shine
This review originally went live in 2016, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the release of Majora's Mask on Switch, available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 library. The Zelda games have a lot of fans and there's also been plenty of opportunities over the years to revisit...
News Nintendo Appears To Have Improved Switch Online's N64 Emulation
Fog returns to Zelda, fixes to Paper Mario and more...
When Nintendo first launched its Expansion Pack tier for Switch Online, N64 emulation was accused of not matching the original experience. Since then, Nintendo has released some updates to improve certain games on the Nintendo 64 service, and now the latest one - bumping the service up to...
News The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Now Available On Switch Online's Expansion Pack
Save Termina (again)
Update [Fri 25th Feb, 2022 01:45 GMT]: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has now been made available to Switch Online Expansion Pack subscribers. You'll be able to access it via the Nintendo 64 games library. Original article [Fri 18th Feb, 2022 01:05 GMT]: We knew it was only a matter of time before The Legend of Zelda:...
Video Some Of Us Prefer Zelda: Majora's Mask Over Ocarina Of Time Because We're Right
Bore-carina of Lame, amiright?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is rightly considered one of the best games in the history of the art form, but many edgy hipsters think that its sort-of sequel The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is in fact a preferable experience if you can blinking believe it. We can because the three of us involved in the video...
Soapbox NSO Isn't Game Pass, But Nintendo Is Learning The Benefits Of Subscription Models
SLOWLY, but steadily adding value
In Nintendo's February 2022 Direct, we found out that yet another boon is being added to the rapidly-expanding number of benefits that come with Nintendo's Switch Online Expansion Pack: The 48 DLC tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We already have access to the catalogue of N64 games (which are being sllllooowwwly...
Poll Will Mario Kart 8's Deluxe Booster Course Pass Make You Buy The NSO Expansion Pack?
Or are you still on the fence?
Nintendo recently announced the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass, the DLC that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been sorely needing for quite some time. The Booster Course Pass will come in separate waves all the way up until the end of 2023, with the first wave coming in March. It will cost $24.99 USD / $32.99 CAN /...
News The Next Free Switch Online Trial For Japan Has Been Revealed
It's Neko Tomo: Smile Mashimashi
Nintendo has revealed its next free trial for Switch Online service subscribers located in Japan. This time around, it's the Japanese exclusive Neko Tomo: Smile Mashimashi by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Neko Tomo originally launched on the Switch (and 3DS) in 2018 and follows on from Teddy Together. 'Smile...
Review EarthBound Beginnings - A Charming Curio That Mother Fans Will Cherish
Everybody's gotta start somewhere
This review originally went live in 2015, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the arrival of EarthBound Beginnings in the Nintendo Switch Online NES library. If you were an early adopter of EarthBound fanaticism in the West, you likely caught wind of a previous title made for the Famicom. Translated...
Review EarthBound - A Quirky, Cosmic Adventure Bound To Warm Your Heart
This review originally went live in 2016, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the arrival of Earthbound in the Nintendo Switch Online Super NES library. Fuzzy pickles! Back in 1995, this second instalment of Shigesato Itoi's much-loved Mother series (as it's known in Japan) only received a western release in North America, where...
News Nintendo Shares The Original EarthBound Player's Guide Online
Ah, the '90s
After lots of waiting Nintendo finally delivered what a number of Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have demanded - EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings were released on the NES and SNES apps. Nintendo didn't go above and beyond and deliver us a localised iteration of Mother 3, sadly, but titles that were previously individual...
News EarthBound And EarthBound Beginnings Out Now On Nintendo Switch Online
Update: Creator Shigesato Itoi dropped a hint earlier on
Update: EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings are available now on the Nintendo Switch Online service. Shigesato Itoi, you wily old fox, you! Here's some PR: Join Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo in their quest to fulfill an age-old prophecy to stop the wicked Giygas (and maybe catch a Runaway Five...
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Is Finally Getting DLC
'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass' contains 48 remastered tracks
Nintendo has revealed that it is finally releasing DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Switch's best-selling game. 48 remastered tracks from past Mario Kart games will be included. These will be released in waves up until the end of 2023. The first wave arrives on March 18th...
News Switch Hackers Add Controller Pak Support To N64's Online Library
Time Trial Ghosts return in Mario Kart 64
One feature missing from Switch Online's Nintendo 64 library is Controller Pak support. Back in the day, it functioned as a memory card and could be used to store and transfer save files and other data (like Time Trial Ghosts in Mario Kart 64). While it can't be used in the Switch's N64 emulator, datamines...
Video MVG Takes A Closer Look At Nintendo Switch Online's N64 Update
"emulation on the Switch is getting better"
Last week, Nintendo added Banjo-Kazooie to the Switch Online Expansion Pack tier. In addition to this, it seems N64 emulation has received an update - and one of the fixes spotted was tied to water and fog in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Game developer and YouTuber 'MV
News Free Switch Online Trials Are Available To My Nintendo Members (North America)
Seven days for the price of zero Platinum Points
Update [Mon 24th Jan, 2022 00:00 GMT]: There's one week remaining on this offer - so grab it while you can if you are eligible. Original article [Mon 27th Dec, 2021 05:00 GMT]: If you are a My Nintendo member located in North America, then you might be one of the eligible users who can currently...
News Xbox Studio Rare "Immensely Pleased" About Banjo-Kazooie's Arrival On Switch
We've waited almost 24 years...
It was a bittersweet moment yesterday when Banjo-Kazooie arrived on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack service. As fantastic as it is to see the UK developer's iconic duo return to a Nintendo platform after so long. It's now been nearly 20 years since Rare was acquired by Microsoft, and almost 24 since the...
Video Nintendo Fixed* The Water Emulation In Ocarina Of Time On Switch
If you cast your minds back to the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, it was a time of great joy as Nintendo fans around the world linked arms and sang the Mario theme. Well, actually, the conversation was about emulation standards, wonky button mapping and the lack of fog. Nintendo fell short of expected standards in...
Video We Have A Lot Of Feelings About Banjo-Kazooie On Switch
Good ones, too!
Banjo-Kazooie on a Nintendo console in 2022. It's mind-blowing! Not just because Rare and Nintendo parted ways long ago, or because we still haven't got our hands on Rare Replay, or because there will most likely never be another Banjo-Kazooie game, but because it actually looks really good. There were a few concerns, especially...
News Banjo-Kazooie Is Available Now On Switch Online's Expansion Pack
Rare's iconic duo return
Update [Fri 21st Jan, 2022 01:45 GMT]: Banjo-Kazooie has now been added to NSO's N64 Expansion Pack service. Enjoy! Original article [Wed 19th Jan, 2022 01:30 GMT]: Xbox isn't the only one that has some exciting announcements to share this week. Nintendo (with the cooperation of Rare and Microsoft, we guess...) has just...
News The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Is Being Added To Switch Online's Expansion Pack In February
"Save Termina before it's met with a terrible fate"
Nintendo's Switch Online Expansion Pack service has announced the next N64 for release for the month of February. It's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, originally released in 2000. This game contains much darker themes than the previous Zelda entries and sees Link having to save the land of...
Review Banjo-Kazooie - Peerless Platforming Perfection, And Now Available On Switch
"Kazooie, we're home"
This review originally went live in 2009, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the long-awaited return of Banjo-Kazooie to a Nintendo console, available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 library. Back in the days of the N64’s prime, there was one firm that managed to stand out from the rest:...
Video Here's A Graphics Comparison Of Banjo-Kazooie Running On Switch, Xbox And Nintendo 64
The bear and bird are back!
Banjo-Kazooie is being added to Nintendo's Switch Online 'Expansion Pack' service this week, and if you were wondering how it compares to past releases, YouTube channel GameXplain has uploaded a side-by-side comparison of the Xbox, Nintendo Switch and original Nintendo 64 version. Although there are fewer differences...
News Terraria Is The Next Free Trial For Nintendo Switch Online Users (Europe)
And now's the perfect time to play
Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will soon be able to play Terraria for free for a limited time thanks to the latest Game Trial headed to Europe. If you're unaware, Switch Online's Game Trials are week-long events that let subscribers download and play a full game at no extra cost with no restrictions. Terraria...
Video We Tried To Convince A PS5 Fanboy To Get The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack
It's great value!*
Ugh, Sony fanboys, right? With their Uncharteds and their Gods of War and their big, swooshy video game consoles. We all know that the best way to play video games is in bed, and can you play a PS5 in bed? No, partly because it's still sold out everywhere, and partly because you'd have to have a whole TV in your bed, and that...
News Wireless NES Controllers For Switch Are Currently On Sale In North America
An offer exclusive to Switch Online subscribers
Are you a Switch Online member that regularly plays the NES library? Haven't got a proper wireless NES controller yet? Then you might be interested in the current sale taking place in North America. Provided you are a Switch Online subscriber, right now you can get a pair of these controllers for just...
News Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is The Next Free Trial For Nintendo Switch Online (North America)
Free up some (mush)room for this gem
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is one of those wildly underrated Nintendo games that tends to go forgotten — perhaps because its announcement at E3 in 2014 was overshadowed by Splatoon, Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bayonetta 2, and what would eventually become Breath of the Wild, but perhaps
News Golf Story Is The Next Free Trial For Nintendo Switch Online In Japan
If you're a subscriber of Nintendo's Switch Online service and happen to be based in Japan, the next free game trial you'll be given access to is the RPG sports title, Golf Story. It'll be made available in this region from 7th January (tomorrow) and will be playable until the following Friday on January 14th. You can also...
News Cruis'n Creator Would "Love To See" The N64 Trilogy Added To Switch Online's Expansion Pack
Just imagine playing USA, World and Exotica on the go
Cruis'n Blast was released on the Switch in September, and since then fans have been asking for more. One common request seems to be for Nintendo to bring the classic entries to the recently announced Switch Online Expansion Pack. It appears the creator of the series is just as eager. During a...
News Five Sega Genesis Games Have Been Added To Nintendo Switch Online's Expansion Pack
Try 'em out today!
Well, here's something we weren't expecting - Nintendo...with the help of Sega, has updated the 'Expansion Pack' with five additional Genesis / Mega Drive games. The new additions include Altered Beast, ToeJam & Earl, Dynamite Headdy, Sword of Vermilion and Thunder Force II
News Don't Starve Is The Next Free Trial For Nintendo Switch Online (US)
Preload it now
If you're a subscriber of Nintendo's Switch Online service and happen to be located in North America, the next free game trial you'll be given access to is the survival title, Don't Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition. It'll be made available in this region on 15th December (tomorrow) and will be playable until next week. You can also...
Poll Paper Mario Is Out Now On Nintendo Switch Online, Will You Be Playing It?
Mario's paper-themed N64 game returns
Nintendo's Switch Online Expansion Pack tier has just added the Nintendo 64 classic Paper Mario. This paper-inspired adventure first unfolded on the Nintendo 64 in the year 2000 and since then has gone on to spawn an entire series. The original game has also been re-released over the years on the Wii and Wii U...
Review Paper Mario - A Well-Crafted Creation That Stands Up Beautifully
This review originally went live in 2017, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the addition of Paper Mario to the other N64 games on Nintendo Switch Online. Can we take a moment to appreciate just how gloriously wacky it is that a game like Paper Mario exists in the first place? This is an idea that followed in the...
News Banjo-Kazooie Is Getting Jiggy With Nintendo Switch Online In January
That's it, that's the tweet
Update: Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have now tweeted the news, too. Guh-huh! Nintendo's official Japanese Twitter account has confirmed that Rare's N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie is joining the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack in January 2022. There's no exact date giv
News Nintendo Has Added Paper Mario 64 To Switch Online's Expansion Pack
See how the original Paper Mario adventure unfolds
Update [Fri 10th Dec, 2021 08:00 GMT]: Paper Mario has now been added to NSO's N64 Expansion Pack service. Enjoy! Original article [Fri 3rd Dec, 2021 01:30 GMT]: Nintendo will be adding a N64 classic to its Switch Online Expansion Pack service next week on 10th December. It's the original Paper...
News Nintendo's Giving Away Free Trials For Switch Online, Even If You've Used One Before (Europe)
Remember, you'll get access to Switch Online's NES and SNES games, but not the N64 games which are part of the Expansion Pack. All Switch owners across Europe can currently claim a free trial of Nintendo Switch Online, even if you've already made use of a similar trial in the past. Copying a very similar offer currently taking place for...
News Nintendo Switch Online Hit By Amazon Web Service Outages
"We apologize for the inconvenience"
Update [Wed 8th Dec, 2021 05:30 GMT]: According to Nintendo's customer support account on Twitter and network maintenance webpage, these issues have now been resolved: "The failure related to the Nintendo Switch network service in general, which occurred around 0:35 on December 8, has been recovered. We...
News Art Of Balance Is The Next Nintendo Switch Online Trial (Europe)
Can you beat 200 levels in a week?
The Nintendo Switch Online free trials have served up a nice mix of Indie gems and occasionally some major retail titles. The next arrival in Europe is certainly in the first category, but could be an excellent option for some pre-Holiday unwinding. Shin'en Multimedia's Art of Balance will be available to EU...
Mini Review WinBack: Covert Operations - Omega Force's Overlooked And Influential Cover Shooter
WinBack, baby WinBack, that's where it's at
It’d be easy to dismiss Winback without a second thought. Developed by Omega Force — nowadays famous for the long-running Dynasty Warriors series and associated Musou spin-offs/crossovers — and released for N64 back in 1999, it’s probably the least well-known of the Switch Online service’s...
Talking Point Should The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Library Expand Faster?
Paper Mario is the first addition after nearly two months
It's fair to say that the announcement and launch of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack could have gone better. The Nintendo Switch Online Subscription service wasn't exactly blessed with a spotless reputation prior to the reveal of the premium tier, either. Though some of the YouTube...
News Nintendo Has Updated Its Switch Online App To Version 1.14.0, See What's Included
Minor adjustments and more
While there have been no noticeable updates to the Switch Online service in recent times, Nintendo did release a new system firmware update yesterday - improving the stability of the Switch and enhancing the overall user experience. Now, to top it off, it's also released a new update for its Online App for both Android...
Hands On Switch Online's Sega 6-Button Pad Is An Eldritch Horror That Shouldn't Exist, But We're Glad It Does
Are we in the best timeline, or the worst?
If you could hop into a time machine and fly back to the early '90s and tell a young gamer that one day, Nintendo would make a piece of Sega hardware, they'd probably spit out their sugary Sunny D and laugh in your face. "Sega and Nintendo are mortal enemies," they would retort; "what planet on you from,...
Guide Where To Buy The Nintendo Switch Online Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Controllers
Update: Now available at My Nintendo Store
Update: Switch's Mega Drive controller is now available to order on My Nintendo Store in the UK. You can grab one right here for £39.99: <products id="16428"> Original Article (Tue 19th Oct, 2021 19:00 BST): With Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games now on Switch for Nintendo Switch Online Expansion...
Mini Review Dr. Mario 64 - Diagnosis: A Bit Rubbish
One to strike from the Medical Register
There's a sort of... B-tier of Nintendo puzzlers, isn't there? Stuff like Yoshi's Cookie and Wario's Woods. We'd argue, perhaps fruitlessly, that Dr. Mario slots into this little group rather better than the truly A-grade stuff. On Switch, in particular, there's an embarrassment of puzzling riches that we'd...
News Nintendo Is Offering Free Trials For Switch Online, Even If You've Used One Before (US)
Get it while you can
Switch owners located in North America can currently claim a free trial for the standard version of Nintendo Switch Online. The good news is it's even available to players who have previously activated a free trial and don't currently have a subscription. If you're already an existing subscriber though this offer isn't...
News Doug Bowser (Kind Of) Addresses Complaints About Switch Online's Nintendo 64 Emulation
"We take feedback very seriously"
Nintendo launched its Switch Online 'Expansion Pack' premium tier earlier this month, but it's not exactly received the warmest welcome from fans - with concerns raised about the price and value, the quality of N64 emulation, and the official trailer for it becoming the most disliked video ever on Nintendo's YouTube...
News Switch Online Subscribers Can Play Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town Free For A Limited Time
Update: Trial now live
Update: The Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Game Trial is now live. If you're subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online, make sure to get the game downloaded and give it a go! Original Article (Wed 3rd Nov, 2021 15:00 GMT): Nintendo Switch Online subscribers in Europe will soon be able to check out Story of Seasons:...
News Switch Online Subscribers Can Try The World Ends With You: Final Remix Soon (North America)
With NEO: The World Ends With You given a discount
Recently Nintendo of Europe confirmed that Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is the next game trial heading to the region for Switch Online subscribers. Nintendo of America has now joined in and, arguably, is offering the better promotion this time around. In North America S
News Nintendo To Invest Huge Sums In Game Development And Online Infrastructure
Initiatives beyond standard R&D costs
Throughout the Switch generation Nintendo has benefitted from a lucrative period of sustained profits, putting it in a distinctly 'cash-rich' position. In its most recent financial reports presentation it's now outlined bold plans to invest significant amounts of money in three key areas. It's important to note...
News Switch Online Surpasses 32 Million Subs, Nintendo Says It Will Continue To "Improve And Expand" Expansion Pack Tier
Subscriber count growing alongside hardware install base
During Nintendo's latest Corporate Management Briefing, it was revealed its paid subscription service - Nintendo Switch Online - now has over 32 million members, as of September 2021. The last significant figure was in September 2020 when the company said it had over 26 million users...