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Nintendo Switch Online's premium tier service launches this month, costs £35 a year

Includes N64 and Mega Drive games, plus Animal Crossing expansion.

Following its reveal last month, Nintendo has finally announced launch and pricing details for its Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, which will go live on 26th October.

This premium tier version of Nintendo's current online service will provide access to all features included in the basic tier (that is, multiplayer, NES and SNES games, and cloud saves), alongside exclusive access to a slowly expanding collection of Mega Drive and N64 games - which will support suspend points and, for certain titles, online multiplayer.

Nintendo has also now revealed it'll be including Animal Crossing: New Horizon's freshly announced Happy Home Paradise expansion as an additional incentive at no extra cost.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack overview trailer.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack goes live on 26th October (Happy Home Paradise arrives on 5th November), and a 12-month subscription will cost £34.99/49.99 USD for an individual membership and £59.99/$79.99 USD for the family option, supporting up to eight accounts. Nintendo says a pro-rated discount will be applied automatically when changing subscriptions - based on the number of days remaining on a current membership - but didn't elaborate further in its announcement.

And if you're signing up specifically for Nintendo's retro offerings, here's everything confirmed to be coming to the service so far:

Nintendo 64 launch line-up:

  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Lylat Wars
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Tennis 64
  • Operation: WinBack
  • Yoshi's Story

Sega Mega Drive launch line-up:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Strider

Upcoming titles:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Pokémon Snap
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Golf
  • Paper Mario
  • F-Zero X

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