The value of Nintendo Switch Online has increased with the announcement of a new vintage Nintendo 64 game available in the service’s Expansion Pack.
Online N64 Wave Race for Nintendo Switch is Here!
Online play, voice chat, and cloud saves are just a few of the services available to Nintendo Switch Online members. The inclusion of NES and SNES games in the standard subscription, as well as N64 and Sega Genesis games in the Expansion Pack, are the most notable features of Nintendo Switch Online.
When it was initially revealed in October 2021, the Expansion Pack was met with criticism since it added $50 to the already steep annual subscription cost of $20. Although some users were dissatisfied with the Switch Online Expansion Pack a year ago, Nintendo has made significant improvements to the service in that time. With an ever-growing library of games, many of which are unavailable anywhere else, many consider the yearly fee to be well worth it.
The latest N64 game to be made available to Expansion Pack members will be released by Nintendo on August 19. The 1996 version of Wave Race 64 for the Nintendo 64 was a direct sequel to the original Wave Race for the Game Boy, which was published in 1992. The gameplay is just as the name suggests: participants race on the water using jet skis, execute tricks, and slalom around buoys. When it first came out, Wave Race 64 was praised as “F-Zero on water.” It has an 8.3 rating among users and a Metacritic score of 92 from critics.
But there was more to Wave Race 64 than merely cruising about on the 3D sea of 1996. The game boasts a catchy soundtrack in addition to its competitive single- and multiplayer modes, which include Time Trial, Stunt, and Championship. To keep even the most talented player on their toes, four distinct difficulty settings—including reverse races—have been implemented.
When it comes to Nintendo’s online subscription service, the company appears to be receptive to player criticism. Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online may test out complete games for free for a week. Games like Dead Cells, Stardew Valley, and The World Ends With You are just a few examples from the past, while MLB The Show 22 is the most recent. When a game is made available for a free trial, it is often made available for sale on the eShop as well, and if the game is purchased, any progress made during the trial period is carried over to the full version.
The Nintendo Switch Online family plan, which allows up to eight individuals to share a membership for a little higher price than the individual plan, is also quite popular among Nintendo Switch Online customers. Assuming just two people take advantage of this, the savings will be substantial. Microsoft is already trial testing a similar family option for Xbox Game Pass users that would lower costs for families while still allowing everybody to have individual accounts.