A Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is available, adding an additional paid tier to the service. At the time of posting, it can only be added for 12 months of Family Pass, and we’ll cover the details in this guide.
Do I need Nintendo Switch Online to get the Expansion Pack?
Yes, the expansion pack can only be added to the basic service. We have an in-depth guide to Nintendo Switch Online available below.
What is the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack?
The latest addition to the service adds a range of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games to their respective applications (listed below). In addition, it provides access to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC expansion.
How much is it?
The price varies depending on how you decide to pay, below (for information) Nintendo Switch Online Standard Rates…
|12 months||3 months||1 month||Family Membership Yearly (up to 8 users)|
|£ 17.99 / US $ 19.99||£ 6.99 / US $ 7.99||£ 3.49 / US $ 3.99||£ 31.49 / US $ 34.99|
There is also a family membership option that gives Nintendo Switch Online up to eight switches for £ 31.49 / $ 34.99 per year. That’s less than £ 5 / $ 5 per user if there are eight people signed up.
The Expansion Pack can be added to subscriptions by existing members at a “prorated discount based on the number of days remaining in your current membership.” Below are the prices for new clients taking combined Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, with an extension only available in a 12 month package.
|12 months||Family Membership Yearly (up to 8 users)|
|US $ 49.99 / € 39.99 / £ 34.99||US $ 79.99 / € 69.99 / £ 59.99|
What games are included?
The Expansion Pack adds a number of games for the Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis. You can find a complete (and regularly updated list) below:
You will also have access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC expansion, Happy Home Paradise. As mentioned above, the expansion pack is purchased in 12-month increments, so at least during this period you will be able to play this DLC without purchasing it.
What if I don’t renew for a second year?
If you don’t update the Expansion Pack (or the broader Nintendo Switch Online service), you won’t be able to play the Nintendo 64 or SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis apps.
As for Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, if you played it through an expansion pack but then canceled, you will lose access to the archipelago and all of these activities, but you will retain some functionality on your own island. which were unlocked as part of this DLC. Nintendo’s explanation is below.
Players can still continue to access some of the things they unlocked in Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise on their main island, including adding counters, partitions, and adding ambient lighting and soundscapes, even if accessing them Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise has been paused. However, it will not be possible to visit the archipelago if players lose access to the DLC. To be able to visit the archipelago and get back to designing vacation homes, you will need to purchase the DLC separately or renew your Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.
So how do I register?
For new members, the NSO + Expansion Pack option is now easy to find in the online store, and information in the Nintendo Switch Online app can be found on the Switch home screen.
The update is also relatively simple: the system detects your existing NSO account and applies the appropriate discounts.
We have posted a step-by-step guide at the link below.
For now, with this guide, once the service is up and running, we’ll share more information on how to update and more. As always, ask your own questions below!