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gtotheunit91 said:
Slownenberg said:

Ah this is what I've been calling for. Nintendo made the original Online subscription so cheap I think that's what held them back from wanting to adding more systems to it. Now with a premium version of the subscription they can add more systems. Awesome that N64 is finally being added. I figured we would see Game Boy next. And Genesis is a total shock! Hopefully in like a year they add GB and GBA as well so we truly get a complete 'Netflix'-like service of retro Nintendo games. Dropping 9 N64 games and 14 Genesis games at once is pretty awesome.

After almost 5 years, the subscription model is finally getting the systems it needs to be better than the old Virtual Console model. Now this service can just pass over to the next system when it comes out in a few years, allowing all these great retro systems/games to be played from the launch of each system without needing to gradually add everything from scratch like they've had to do the past few gens.

Just praying that Nintendo can somehow get Microsoft on board to allow Rare games on this service as that is like half of the best of the N64 library, although I'm sadly confident that won't happen.

EDIT: Oh dang just saw the games they've already announced coming next: Banjo (maybe we will get to see all those great Rare games afterall!), Majora's Mask, Mario Golf, F-Zero X, and more! I let my Online subscription lapse at the end of last year but I might need to get this premium tier with all these great new games coming!

Nintendo wouldn't have much an issue with the likes of Donkey Kong 64 and with Banjo coming over, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Blast Corps, and Jet Force Gemini might be real possibilities with Microsoft. Idk how Diddy Kong Racing would work since the characters are Rare but the title name is a Nintendo character lol but Microsoft would probably be cool with that. 

The BIGGEST question would be Goldeneye! Nintendo should do everything in their power to make that happen regardless of the cost of licensing lol! Imagine online multiplayer for Goldeneye!! 

Seriously doubt this will happen. Not just with the license with Rare, but the Bond film it's tied too. Seems like a nightmare to me to get it on Switch. You'd be better off getting the better version of GoldenEye...which is Perfect Dark. Now THAT would be fire and more doable than GoldenEye.



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I am pretty sure it was Nintendo's plan all along to increase the price for the subscription service as more retro consoles got added.

What's surprising, however, is that Nintendo is nice enough to offer tiers instead of charging everyone for full regardless of how few features they are going to use. Now if only we could go back to basic online multiplayer being free again on consoles.



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RolStoppable said:

I am pretty sure it was Nintendo's plan all along to increase the price for the subscription service as more retro consoles got added.

What's surprising, however, is that Nintendo is nice enough to offer tiers instead of charging everyone for full regardless of how few features they are going to use. Now if only we could go back to basic online multiplayer being free again on consoles.

Once the genie is out of the bottle you can't put him back in.



Wish we could get Sonic 3 & Knuckles on there, but I'll take Sonic 2.

Would've loved to see GoldenEye and/or Perfect Dark on the N64's end, but that's kinda a grey area with MS owning Rare. If they could, I could 100% guarantee it/they would be on there.



Nintendo could’ve also done it like this; have a basic subscription (cheaper than now) that includes the online multiplayer, cloud saves and maybe NES games, and then have all the other systems as add-ons to that for a small additional fee per system, which you can just switch on and off as you please. That way you can make Switch Online as cheap or as expensive as you’d want.

Anyway GoldenEye on the N64 part is never going to happen. It’s not just Microsoft and Rare, it’s also Activision and of course the James Bond people.



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I would rather a "Collection" of each platforms "greatest hits".

A bunch of games from NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance... List goes on.

And all on a cart.

I let my current Switch online subscription expire because I just wasn't using it... Not worth it for the one or two play throughs of SNES games I might do per year... Better off pulling out the NES or SNES classic to be honest... And this won't change that.

But the controllers are cool, if they are Blu-tooth and I can connect them to my PC I might buy a couple.



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S.Peelman said:

Nintendo could’ve also done it like this; have a basic subscription (cheaper than now) that includes the online multiplayer, cloud saves and maybe NES games, and then have all the other systems as add-ons to that for a small additional fee per system, which you can just switch on and off as you please. That way you can make Switch Online as cheap or as expensive as you’d want.

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Exactly this would be the best case. Then everyone can do as he or she wants.

Online Multiplayer + cloud save = 10 bucks/year (you need to have that one to buy further add-ons)

Then as add-ons for example:

NES Games = 3 bucks/year

SNES Games = 4 bucks/year

and so on.

That truely would be amazing for the customers. Create your very own Nintendo Online experience.



burninmylight said:
QUAKECore89 said:

.....If you aware of this.

Japan is legit getting a six-button Mega-Drive controller, according to Japanese Nintendo Direct.

Saw it this morning. Japan is still best girl in Nintendo's eyes. Have you ever played a Genesis version of Street Fighter 2 with the three-button pad? Lol...

Uuugh it was awkward, i tried it on MK3 with the 3-button pad just for experiment. Hard to go back to the 3-button gamepad! xD



Hard pass on this subscription tier. And the pricing on those controllers are criminal.



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If they could somehow get Goldeneye and add an online multiplayer to the game, this would make the subscription service huge. Honestly, it would be worth the licensing nightmare to work something out with Activision (I believe they own the Bond license) and Microsoft just to make this happen. Heck, let that game launch on the XBox platform as well as Switch, it would be a net win for everyone.

That said, other than Banjo, I am just not that impressed with what is currently being offered. I really wish there was a large selection of Gamecube games instead. For example, I am pretty sure that most of these N64 games have been available in the past for like $10.00 on either the Wii VC or Wii U eShop. The problem is that video games aren't like Disney movies, their appeal to audiences goes down over time. For example, it made sense to price a game like Wave Race 64 or Yoshi Story at $10.00 back in 2010 on the Wii, but these game are getting really retro now in 2021. The Genesis games are even worse. A game like Phantasy Star, I can pretty much guarantee is unplayable to 99% of Switch owners in 2021. In fact, I can almost guarantee that I am the only person on this message board who actually sits down and plays games like this from this era. Heck even people who have memories and loved playing those games back in the day probably wouldn't be able to get into a game like this now. These games are from a totally different world where the instruction manual that came with the game was as thick as a player's guide.. I am currently playing Might and Magic from the NES and the amount of level grinding and lack of handholding in these RPG's is insane. You can get into it, and it is very rewarding, but it takes a lot of investment before you start seeing those rewards.

Games like Ocarina of Time and Banjo are definitely still more accessible today, but even here a lot of gamers are going to have major issues with 3D gaming at 240P, especially on a UHD screen. It was a lot easier for a Wii gamer to play an N64 game in 2010 going from 480p to 240p then it will be for a Switch gamer to go from 900p to 240p in 2021. Nintendo should take this depreciation effect into account. I really wouldn't have launched a service like this with only N64 games. Why not release that amazing Gamecube library? As for Sega, why not release their amazing Dreamcast library? Games like Baten Kaitos at 480p still look really nice on an HD screen and there are lots of gamers who would be able to get into this on the Switch and I think that it would make the service a lot more amazing.

As for the N64 controller, this is my favorite controller of all time, but I am probably the only person on this board who holds this view. I am one of the few people who actually loves the analog stick as I use a three-fingered clasp and I find that it gives a tremendous amount of control even if the stick is a bit loose (which was a major problem with the original N64 analog stick thanks to games like Mario Party that seemed to be specifically designed to ruin it). That said, I wish that they would have released a wired version of the original controller, as I would probably buy 4-5 right now for my multiple N64's that I still game on every day. That said, I just don't see there being that much demand for the wireless N64 controller, I am sure that non-retro gamers will find the joycons to be much more comfortable.