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Nintendo Disrespects Its Own History By Making It So Hard to Play

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As part of the most recent Nintendo Direct, the company unveiled plans to expand the Nintendo Switch Online service. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $50 USD a year instead of the usual $20 and gives players access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC as well as a limited number of emulated Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: The expansion is too expensive. At $50, the price point is comparable to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live, both of which retail at $60 for a 12-month subscription. Both of those services offer a handful of free games a month and discounts on their digital storefronts, in addition to online multiplayer for paid games (on both Xbox and PlayStation, free-to-play games don’t require a subscription). At around $5 a month, that’s a good deal, especially if you buy most of your games digitally. Unlike Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation also don’t lock basic online features like voice chat behind a paywall–you get that without having to pay for Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.

At $20 USD, Nintendo’s first basic online price point, it feels a tad scant. At $50, with only a couple of additional features, it feels stingy. That’s especially true in light of the fact that the Switch launched without a paid online service–only later did the multiplayer in Splatoon 2, for example, become a feature of a paid online service. In comparison to its competitors, the Nintendo Switch Online expansion’s inadequacy is plain to see. However, the details of what Nintendo’s expanded service offers also show Nintendo’s disregard for its history.

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