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When does the Nintendo 64 Expansion Become Worth It?

When Nintendo announced that they would be adding Nintendo 64 games to their online catalogue alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, folks were generally excited. When Nintendo announce there would be a hefty price increase to offset these additions, many were upset, and the debate around, “Is it worth it?” began.


If you came here looking for a subjective answer, you aren’t going to find it. See, the Nintendo Switch Online offerings are subjective to one’s desire to play those games, or their current ability to play them. For example, I personally have no issue paying for the increased family plan for a number of reasons:

  1. I love playing all of these old Nintendo 64 games.
  2. My kids have never played some outstanding classics like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Banjo-Kazooie, and Yoshi’s Story.

Some will argue they own the games already on previous systems virtual consoles, and that would be for me as well. But here’s the thing – I’m not about to go hook up my Nintendo Wii or Wii U in order to play Majora’s Mask that I purchased previously. I want it on my Switch. I want it on the go. And for those reasons, the Expansion Pass is worth the purchase.

But that won’t be universal. There will be tons of folks who have no desire to play these games, or do have their old systems hooked up. For these folks, paying extra for the Nintendo 64 games is a waste of money, and I can see why they are frustrated with the price increase. Hopefully, though, new games being added to the system will make the entire more appealing for those on the fence, and more worth it for those already invested.

Bring on Banjo-Tooie! I want that one next! Or a brand new one! What do you want to see on the system?


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blank Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but has honed his skills completing a Master's Degree. He loves Nintendo, and almost anything they have released...even Tomodachi Life.

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