While Animal Crossing Direct had over 20 minutes of mercy and excitement for fans Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it also served as a major update for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. We have release date and pricing, as well as a clear idea of what content it will offer at launch.
So, to recap the key details:
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Release Date
October 25-26, varies by time zone, which suggests it will be the evening of the 25th in North America and the early hours of the 26th in Europe.
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Contents:
N64 launch names:
Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Launch Names:
- Castlevania: Bloodlines, Contra: Hard Corps, Machine for the production of beans by Dr. Robotnik (Puyo Puyo, Japan), Dolphin Ekko, Golden ax, Gunstar Heroes, MUSHA, Fantasy Star IV, Ristar, Shining power Shinobi III, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Fury 2 Strider
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC Expansion
Prices for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack:
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack [New Customers]
- 12 months for a single user – $ 49.99 / € 39.99 / £ 34.99
- 12 Months Family Pass – $ 79.99 / € 69.99 / £ 59.99
TWhen you upgrade your hose from your current Nintendo Switch Online Standard Subscription, you will receive a “professional discount based on the number of days remaining until your current membership.”
When you break down prices for a new customer by simply striking out the standard NSO subscription from the Expansion Pack, the 12-month content price of the expansion is USD 30 / €twenty / £ 17 for one user and USD 45 / €35 / £ 28.50 for a family pass (up to 8 users).
For reference, the Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise DLC costs $ 24.99 separately, so for the keen gamer, a game that arguably makes the Expansion Pack quite appealing when you add N64 and Mega Drive / Genesis games to it. However, as with services like PlayStation Plus, it looks like you will lose access to the DLC if you end your subscription.
It’s also fair to say that for those who are only interested in the library of retro games, who don’t play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or don’t want this DLC expansion, this could be a tougher sell at these prices. Perhaps over time Nintendo will expand the offering with additional incentives, but this remains to be seen.
Anyway, this is a breakdown, what do you think? This is a good deal and will you take advantage of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack offer? Let us know in the polls and comments below.