How to get the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is Nintendo’s latest version of its online service. It offers exclusive content for its members, such as retro games and DLC, but you will not be able to access it if you only have the basic membership. If you’re feeling a bit confused about all of this, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to get the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

How to get the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

Whether or not you have the Basic Online Membership, you will need to upgrade to get the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service. Fortunately, the steps are quite similar regardless of the situation that applies to you.

If you already have the basic online subscription that costs $ 20 per year, you can upgrade to the expansion pack and the cost will be adjusted accordingly based on the duration of your current subscription.

You can update by going to the Nintendo Switch Online menu on the home screen of your Switch device (the first option in the bottom row of icons). On the left side of the screen, you should see an option that says Expansion Pack.

Select “Become a member of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack” which will take you to the eShop. Here you can decide which plan is best for you.

The two plan options are an individual subscription, which costs $ 49.99 per year, or a family plan for up to eight people, which costs $ 79.99 per year. Both plans are only offered once a year; there is no monthly plan like the basic subscription offers.

After selecting the plan you prefer, you will be taken to a purchase screen where you can proceed to activate your membership.

Expansion pack content

Currently, the Nintendo Switch Online + expansion pack offers three things: a selection of Nintendo 64 games, a selection of Sega Genesis games, and the upcoming Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise DLC.

Here is the list of N64 and Genesis games available at launch (more will be added over time):

  • Super mario 64
  • Mario kart 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Yoshi’s story
  • Mario tennis
  • WinBack: Covert Operations
  • Sin and punishment
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Cons: Hard body
  • Robotik’s Medium Bean Machine
  • Ecco the dolphin
  • Golden ax
  • Gunstar Hero
  • Phantasy Star 4: End of the Millennium
  • Ristar
  • Bright force
  • Shinobi 3
  • Sonic the hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Surveyor

To play the N64 and Genesis games here, you need to download their respective apps from the Nintendo Switch online eShop. You can do this by navigating to the same Expansion Pack menu described above and downloading each one there.

You can download these applications without registering for the service, but it will not allow you to play them unless you have an active subscription. Also, you should be able to pass an online verification while loading the apps so the system knows you have an active subscription.

That’s all you need to know about how to get the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

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