Nintendo announced last month that Nintendo 64 games will be available on its Switch Online service as a paid upgrade called an “expansion pack.”
All sorts of questions have been raised so far, but one keeps getting closer which version Super Mario 64 will receive the service? Last year, when Mario turned 35, Nintendo included a “limited time” version of Shindou. Super Mario 3D All-Stars updated resolution collection and more.
So which version of Switch Online will be? Although Nintendo has yet to confirm exactly what we are getting, we screenshot from the official site and compared it to our own image from the 3D All-Stars version. As you can see, the N64 Switch Online version looks like a stock ROM, as you would expect. There were also suggestions could to be Shindo’s version – which is good or bad, depending on who you are talking to …
Nintendo Switch Online:
Super Mario 3D All Stars:
Here’s what we had to say about the Super Mario 64 updates featured in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars in our Nintendo Life roundup:
“Super Mario 64 is probably the most impressive update. It may have only been upscaled to 720p here, but the fact that it originally ran at 240p means you get a nice clean upscale with 3x vertical lines. The result is a brilliantly clean version of the game …
“… it’s not just the polygonal elements of the game that are getting sharper. Nintendo has also taken the time to rework all the sprite-based elements, and this move is probably the most notable improvement. All the text is beautiful and smooth, your life and star counters are sharp, and even things like snowfall during the winter stages look many better.”
So, in short – if you’re even a little distressed that Nintendo will make this particular N64 classic available so soon after the release of the time-limited 3D Mario, just keep in mind that the 3D All-Stars game version will probably still be the final version. Switch (provided you are a fan of the Shindo version) – with all the modern touches that make it look better on Switch than ever.
Obviously, this is not the only topic of conversation about Switch Online lately. Nintendo allayed some concerns earlier this week by confirming that games for the N64 will run at 60Hz in Europe. Phew!
What do you think of Mario 64 being featured in the N64 lineup for Switch Online? Comment below.