N64 on Switch: Tea leaf reading about the future of the game

Previous NSO Support, Third Party Relationships, Virtual Console Record: We are entering this site. Console note): The N64 is finally back. However, in place of the N64 mini, the company's first custom 3D display console returns as part of the Nintendo Switch suite of software.

And in classic Nintendo style, Thursday's announcement only told part of the story.

So far, we know that the initial selection for the NSO "Expansion Pack" will include nine N64 games, ranging from classics like Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64 to good surprises like Winback: Covert Operations. These games require an additional cost over NSO's standard rate of $20 per year, although Nintendo has not yet announced a price for this category. The company also confirmed its plans to release seven more N64 games, most notably Rare's Banjo-Kazooie, which haven't been seen on a Nintendo console since Microsoft's acquisition in 2002.

I don't know—and I want to appreciate, before the N64 level was released in October - The number of times new N64 games are added to the NSO service in the coming months, and who's third-party views can be added to their list of first person titles. Without further ado on Big N itself, we can take a look at the history of the company. Besides the exclusive offers for the N64 from Wii Stores and Wii U's Virtual Console, it has some interesting findings. So far, the NSO Standard Service Level allows Switch owners to access 58 NES and 49 SNES from 2018 and 2019, respectively. Note: These numbers do not include "SP" versions of some games that Nintendo adds periodically. These are "cheat code" versions of titles like Zelda or Metroid that allow players to lock all gears at a maximum of Rs. And others start games. Results.)


Nintendo, with NSO's NES support, looked relatively strong in September 2018, dropping 31 games in NSO's first six months. From there, each calendar window is reduced to 4-6 months.

Feb-July 2019: 15 additional NES games Aug-December 2019: Feb 4-July 2020: Sep 4, 2020-July 2021: 4

of the 673 games released during the NES period in North America, to this The total amount available through NSO is 8.6%.

A year after NES launched the NES, Nintendo has added Super Nintendo games without increasing service costs. The company started supporting SNES with 20 games in September 2019. Its update speed is slower than the NES, but overall the numbers are still relatively low.

September 2019-February 2020: 6 more SNES games in May-September 2020: December 9, 2020-May 2021: July 11, 2021: 3

It's all clear, this number of SNES games in NSO almost shows seven percent Of the 717 console titles released in North America.

What about the virtual console? Minor: Only 21 games are available per game. Among them, the composition is almost the same, more so than Nintendo's main roster with hits like Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Mario Kart 64, Kirby 64, Star Fox 64, and other anticipated classics.

Less retail versions of the N64 in North America overall - only 296 games - may be responsible for the smaller number here. That still puts Nintendo VC offerings only at seven percent of the full product line, below the NES and SNES options owners can now access through NSO.

Due to Nintendo-certified titles, there is no (yet) obligation to deliver much more than the N64, at least not in public. Of the 16 North American titles announced yesterday, only three have not seen the post-N64 digital version in the US: Dr. Mario 64, Winback and Banjo-Kazooie. Given Microsoft's ownership of Rare, the latter is undoubtedly the biggest surprise with disastrous consequences. This means that MS doesn't own any of the N64 Rare games that don't have licensed characters like Donkey Kong or Mickey Mouse, which is why so many R64 games featured on the N64 in the Microsoft Rare Replay anthology of 2017.

If Nintendo plans to release a similar number of N64 games to the service in the next 2-3 years, Switch owners can look to add 4-6 new items every 5-6 months. On the other hand, if Nintendo decides to dig deeper into the catalog behind the console, there's no way of knowing what might be there. However, with the overall decline in the game's decline pattern in the NES, SNES, and N64, it is likely that the company intends to undo many of the deep cuts in the N64.


Third Party Support

Read More We finally played the official version of Goldeneye 007 for Xbox 360. This brings us to third parties. Unlike the NES and SNES, there are definitely fewer classic third-party games on the N64. With Banjo-Kazooie back on the Nintendo console, NSO can finally add other rare entries from the Xbox Rare Replay series, with Jet Force Gemini, Blast Corps, Banjo-Tooie, and even the original uncensored version of Conker Bad Fur Day (using Modified and Live Conker: Xbox Live for Xbox Original) seems to be all possible candidates. And if the stars align, we might see a certain FPS return with a secret agent game. The list of third-party NSO studios on NES and SNES also indicates some historical patterns - the inclusion of reputable Japanese developers in both the 8-bit and 16-bit periods. Konami, Capcom, Koei Tecmo, Natsume, and Arc System Works proliferate using the NSO, NNO, and SNES libraries (with a few others that no longer exist or have been assimilated into parent entities), although more than a few are known - the The number of N64 inputs is not so simple. But as you might remember, Nintendo's cynical support for Japanese studios has waned in the face of fierce competition from PlayStation, which has left fewer candidates to choose from. Winback's inclusion, though welcome, comes from Koei Tecmo, so it doesn't add a new third party to Nintendo's list of NSO partners. Possible Konami titles might include Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness (perhaps more options than the very different vanilla version of Castlevania 64), or if one really wants to get distracted, Goemon Games or this year's sports special like International Track and Field 2000. Released Capcom has only three games for the console: Ports of Mega Man Legends and Resident Evil 2 PS1, plus the Challenge Magical Tetris (in which I played Disney cartoon characters, so that's a long way to go). Natsume has only released one N64 game, Harvest Moon 64. If we're lucky, we can get the strangely uncompiled N64 in the NSO package for that region - and download those games as a free download for the region, just as Western players can modify the Nintendo eShop trick into the Famicom libraries and access the Super Famicom on key. Soon after the launch of the N64 NSO service, the Japanese equivalent will get two Japanese games in the Custom Robo series, which is a good test of potential 64-bit region-free entertainment. Finally, with fewer N64 picks across all regions, especially compared to the PS1 blast at the same time, our expectations are generally low. Nintendo's reluctance to release N64-specific patents on older virtual console operating systems, including the Pilotwings 64 and Mischief Makers, doesn't guarantee that they've come to a more licensing agreement this time around — especially since an unpacked mini set-top box is probably better prepared for the lack of Sharp in boats, beyond what's available on the virtual console and the total number of games, first person or so, which the company might be worth a lot to repost.

At least Nintendo is on the right track with this flagship console — and we'll report on how well this console builds and how well it works with the upcoming NSO package for N64 games in the next follow-up. .

N64 on Switch: Tea leaf reading about the future of the game
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