Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Adding Sega Genesis Games
Many fans had been wondering what the next update to Nintendo Switch Online would look like. They speculated about possible Nintendo 64 and Game Boy games. The latest Nintendo Direct announced details. Many fans were surprised to learn that SEGA Genesis games are also coming to the subscription of Nintendo 64 titles just in time for the console’s 25th anniversary.
In the 1990s, Nintendo and SEGA were fighting for the console market. SEGA was famous for inventing the phrase “Genesis Does What Nintendon’t” as well as aggressive marketing campaigns against the biggest competitor. This collaboration has brought the Genesis back to life 30 years later with Nintendo Switch Online.
In the Nintendo Direct, September 23rd, SEGA Genesis titles were announced. This is part of Nintendo Switch Online’s new payment plan. The “Expansion Pack” plan includes the Nintendo 64 games. It is named after an old N64 perhipheral. It is not yet known what the price of this plan will be, but it is expected to be discussed later.
To date, 14 games have been confirmed to be available when the collection arrives in October. These include Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin and Streets of Rage. Nintendo has gone to great lengths to make the collection available, even selling wireless Genesis controllers that can be used with the Nintendo Switch. NSO members can only purchase the unique throwback controller, which is identical to its last release of NES- and SNES-themed controllers.
This team-up is certain to be a surprise for old-school gamers everywhere considering SEGA’s competitive history. Sonic was designed to compete with Mario in sales. Now even the console that he was meant for is at home with Nintendo, despite all the history between the companies.
The problem with the collaboration is whether fans will believe the collection is worthwhile, especially considering SEGA has made efforts to make older games more widely available through the SEGA Forever campaign. As a result, the Genesis titles may be more dependent on the Nintendo 64 collection than the actual price. Fans who are looking forward to both collections should wait until the Nintendo Switch Online’s Extension Pack’s price is revealed in the next few week before making a decision.