Nintendo Won't Force Europeans to Play Inferior PAL Nintendo 64 Titles

Nintendo of Europe's twitter account has just announced that all Nintendo 64 European players won't be forced to play the inferior PAL versions.

Published: October 11, 2021 10:27 AM /


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Nintendo's official European Twitter account, Nintendo of Europe, has just announced that all Nintendo 64 games that are included with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will be playable in the 60Hz English language versions. There will also be games includes that will be able to be played in their original European PAL versions if you really want that European dose of nostalgia.

Originally announced on September 23, 2021, it was quickly discovered that the trailers for the European version of the Expansion Pack to Nintendo Switch online were using the inferior European PAL versions to classic games such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This meant that at the time we thought that Europeans would be forced to play games at 50Hz instead of 60Hz, which meant that you'd be playing a game running 1/6th slower. Considering that Nintendo 64 is beloved and thought to have defined a console generation, this would've been a little bit too much nostalgia for those wanting the best Nintendo 64 experience overall.

No price has been announced yet, but when the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership launches, players will be able to play nine Nintendo 64 games. Check them out below:

Nintendo 64 titles
These are the Nintendo 64 titles that you'll be able to play at launch.

More Nintendo 64 titles will be added as well in the future. These are The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, F-Zero X, Banjo-Kazooie, Mario Golf, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Paper Mario, and Pokémon Snap.

There will also be fourteen Sega Mega Drive titles that will be coming as part of the Expansion Pack to the online service. You can also check them out below:

Switch Mega Drive titles
The Sega Mega Drive titles available at launch.

And of course, players will be able to get wireless Nintendo 64 controllers and Sega Mega Drive Control Pads (only usable on the Switch online service) to really delve deep into that well of nostalgia:

Nintendo 64 and Mega Drive Controllers
Nintendo 64 and Mega Drive wireless controllers.

Like the rest of us you're probably wondering when the service will release later this month and how much it will cost. Well, Nintendo said that it will be announced soon, which makes sense considering that the end of October is only twenty days away. Until then, stay tuned to TechRaptor for more details on this new addition to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

If you'd like to read more while you wait, check out how what we thought the Nintendo 64 Mini would've been like back in 2017. How time flies, eh?

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