N64, Sega Genesis Switch Controllers Available to All NSO Subscribers


Even if they don’t upgrade their subscription, any Nintendo Switch Online member will be able to purchase new wireless N64 & Sega Genesis controllers.

The new Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers will be made available to all Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, even if they don’t upgrade to the upcoming Expansion Pack tier. This announcement coincides with the news that N64 and Sega Genesis games are coming to Nintendo Switch.

Earlier in September, there were rumors that Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles would be coming to Nintendo Switch Online. While that is still technically a possibility, the most recent Nintendo Direct revealed Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games will be coming to the NSO app instead. However, there is a catch with these new games – they’ll only be accessible if Switch owners upgrade to an imminent Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack plan. The exact price and release date of this new subscription tier is still unknown, but those who wish to play Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Switch will have to purchase or upgrade to the Expansion Pack.

Related: Everything Revealed During Nintendo Direct (September 2021)

However, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack isn’t a requirement for the newly announced N64 and Sega Genesis wireless controllers, a Nintendo tweet confirmed. Both of these controllers will work with the upcoming N64 and Sega Genesis lineup of games (as well as other titles, much like the NES and SNES wireless controllers), and they’ll cost $50 each. More information, such as a release date, is coming soon.

These aren’t the first controllers Nintendo has released alongside the addition of retro games to the Nintendo Switch Online app. Nintendo also produced NES and SNES wireless controllers to commemorate the release of NES and SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online. This continues the trend of releasing updated versions of old-school controllers for players that want to fully relive these era in classic gaming. Similarly, the NES and SNES Classic Edition systems also serve a similar purpose the purpose, but the retail stock of these novelty consoles proved to quite limited.

With this Nintendo Switch Online trend continuing, it raises the question whether or not GameCube’s possible appearance on NSO would also coincide with the release of a wireless GCN controller. Some third-party GameCube-inspired gamepads are already supported by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so the console’s hypothetical arrival for the Expansion Pack tier of Nintendo Switch Online could expand the controller’s official support to more titles. If N64 and Sega Genesis games and their iconic controllers can make it to Nintendo Switch, then the GameCube seems like a logical next step further down the line.

Next: Every Sega Genesis Game Coming To Nintendo Switch Online

Source: Nintendo of America/Twitter

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