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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Details ($50/year)

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  1. [3]
    nothis
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    Seriously, guys? This is an ok deal for you? A 150% price upgrade for like 10 N64 games running in an emulator?

    Seriously, guys? This is an ok deal for you? A 150% price upgrade for like 10 N64 games running in an emulator?

    8 votes
    1. MimicSquid
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      Other people have already explained exactly why they think it's a deal. What response are you looking for with your rhetorical question?

      Other people have already explained exactly why they think it's a deal. What response are you looking for with your rhetorical question?

      7 votes
    2. stu2b50
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      Yep, it's not like it's rocket science. In the end, my anticipated amount of enjoyment from it is certainly worth $50/yr for me. It is a substantial increase over the prior online subscription,...

      Yep, it's not like it's rocket science. In the end, my anticipated amount of enjoyment from it is certainly worth $50/yr for me. It is a substantial increase over the prior online subscription, but with the prior subscription only costing $2/month that's more about how weirdly low that was priced.

      The advantage over emulators is polish, being able to play it portably on an actual portable console, and online play - I'm sure there's janky ways to get that to work on PC emulators, but y'know, you kinda need other people to play with you to make multiplayer a thing and I'm not about to try and make the effort of both figuring how to set it up for myself and explaining to other people.

      Not to mention I'd grab the AC expansion anyway, so the effective cost is even less.

      Of course, I can only speak for myself, but it seems easily worth the money to me.

      4 votes
  2. [4]
    hamstergeddon
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    $50/yr for a service is basically nothing. Less than the price of a full game each year for 20+ retro games with online multiplayer and save states is a steal. Especially when you assume Nintendo...

    $50/yr for a service is basically nothing. Less than the price of a full game each year for 20+ retro games with online multiplayer and save states is a steal. Especially when you assume Nintendo handles this like they did the NES/SNES stuff, which have both seen their libraries grow over the years, not to mention the little remixed levels they added for certain games. the AC DLC is just icing on the cake, imo. Heck, the AC DLC is $25 just on its own. $20 online + $25 DLC is only $5 shy of the $50/yr price.

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      bkimmel
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      They really kinda let the NES/SNES games offered peter out. Compared to the opening set of games (Zelda, Mario, etc) I don't think I've ever even heard of the games they released in the last year...

      They really kinda let the NES/SNES games offered peter out. Compared to the opening set of games (Zelda, Mario, etc) I don't think I've ever even heard of the games they released in the last year and a half - just weird junkbin beat-m-ups.

      7 votes
      1. moocow1452
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        Agreed, I understand that $50 a year is about ballpark compared to your average streaming service or game subscription plan, but I don't have faith in Nintendo to build the platform out anymore...

        Agreed, I understand that $50 a year is about ballpark compared to your average streaming service or game subscription plan, but I don't have faith in Nintendo to build the platform out anymore than we've already seen going off of prior experience. If you're going to build it more than we have seen, market that more will be added over time, because for what I've seen so far, might as well get the Animal Crossing DLC if you want that and keep on the basic service.

        4 votes
    2. fredo
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      If your currency's value is comparable to the US dollar. Unlike companies such as Microsoft and specially Steam, which often adapts their prices (and more importantly promotions) to specific...

      $50/yr for a service is basically nothing

      If your currency's value is comparable to the US dollar. Unlike companies such as Microsoft and specially Steam, which often adapts their prices (and more importantly promotions) to specific markets instead of converting them with a premium, Nintendo basically priced out much of the world.

      They managed to be even worse than Sony on that, we post Nintendo's prices on our Telegram group as a joke. A friend of mine, who owns a Switch, is experimenting with a Switch emulator mainly out of spite lol. The new Metroid game is costing about half our monthly minimum wage.

      5 votes
  3. [4]
    moocow1452
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    If you want more virtual consoles, $50 would let you go all in on bringing classics from everything up to Wii or 3DS, whatever the system can take. If you wanted to market that $50 gets you all...

    If you want more virtual consoles, $50 would let you go all in on bringing classics from everything up to Wii or 3DS, whatever the system can take. If you wanted to market that $50 gets you all the DLC for first party games, you could go that route too with some success. But $50 for a little bit of both and "what we feel like" seems like it's going to be a really hard sell, compared to $20 for the base model, and ~$60 for a year of Game Pass Xbox Gold or PS+.

    5 votes
    1. TheJorro
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      Yeah, going to up to 250% of the current cost just for a basic N64 and Sega Genesis emulator with a couple of games (because I don't play Animal Crossing) is not a worthwhile value in the...

      Yeah, going to up to 250% of the current cost just for a basic N64 and Sega Genesis emulator with a couple of games (because I don't play Animal Crossing) is not a worthwhile value in the slightest. It's not like these VC consoles have the full libraries of these consoles to improve the value either.

      8 votes
    2. [2]
      hamstergeddon
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      GamePass is $120/yr, fyi. And it's almost unfair to compare any game service to it because it's way more bang for your buck than anything else available. Even PS+ is a joke compared to GamePass.

      GamePass is $120/yr, fyi. And it's almost unfair to compare any game service to it because it's way more bang for your buck than anything else available. Even PS+ is a joke compared to GamePass.

      5 votes
      1. moocow1452
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        Fair, I used the Gold transfer and waited until Black Friday to re-up for a year. I don't know if there are comparable deals for Online, especially since this service is brand new.

        Fair, I used the Gold transfer and waited until Black Friday to re-up for a year. I don't know if there are comparable deals for Online, especially since this service is brand new.

        2 votes
  4. Thales
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    I can’t speak for everybody but this deal is very unimpressive, in my opinion. I don’t own AC:NH so any benefit from that DLC is gone, and the selection of games for the N64/Genesis is pretty...

    I can’t speak for everybody but this deal is very unimpressive, in my opinion.

    I don’t own AC:NH so any benefit from that DLC is gone, and the selection of games for the N64/Genesis is pretty slim. I’d be interested in playing Yoshi’s Story but I have better versions of SM64, Star Fox 64, and Ocarina of Time elsewhere (and I don’t have to pay annually to keep them).

    Dropping an extra US$30 for one year of access to Yoshi’s Story is a tough sell. I suspect a lot of other long-time Nintendo fans also have access to many of the announced games via the 3DS, Wii U, Wii, etc.

     

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    That being said, this pricing has the potential to improve from awful to decent/good in a couple years (assuming they don’t raise the price even higher). If Nintendo can add enough good N64 games (e.g. Banjo-Kazooie, Majora’s Mask, DK64) in a timely fashion, or add DLC for other Switch titles, or include GBA/GCN games in the service, the value of the expansion-pack improves a lot. I'm pretty dubious considering their record, but the Switch probably only has a couple years left so they're going to have to get stuff out quickly if they're going to do it at all.

    I could only see this currently being a good deal for someone who wants the AC:NH DLC for just one year and also hasn’t recently/ever played any of the big N64 games.

    Otherwise it’s pretty disappointing.

    5 votes
  5. [2]
    stu2b50
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    Not a terrible price for what you get. I'm probably going to do the upgrade from the $24/year annual plan I have now.

    Not a terrible price for what you get. I'm probably going to do the upgrade from the $24/year annual plan I have now.

    3 votes
    1. Nivlak
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      I also feel this way. The switch is my only gaming device other than my iPhone which I barely use for gaming. In the long run I am only going to commit to the Switch so this plan makes sense for me.

      I also feel this way. The switch is my only gaming device other than my iPhone which I barely use for gaming. In the long run I am only going to commit to the Switch so this plan makes sense for me.

      3 votes
  6. ali
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    I will check if my family plan people want to put some money together for this, but it’sa not pricier than I hoped. I did buy the n64 controller though. Really looking forward to it

    I will check if my family plan people want to put some money together for this, but it’sa not pricier than I hoped. I did buy the n64 controller though. Really looking forward to it

    2 votes