Nintendo’s Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is due to release at the end of this month. Announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct, The newest part of their online offering will include some all-time classics from both the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis line. Despite not having any information on how much the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will actually cost, the excitement is still there. We did find out some new information though, and it’s in regards to the European release of the system. Nintendo UK has revealed that all Nintendo 64 titles will have the English 60 Hz versions, as well as their European PAL counterparts.
All Nintendo 64 games included with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack can be played in 60Hz English language versions. Select games will also have the option to play the original European PAL version with language options. pic.twitter.com/gS0ajmtxnY
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) October 11, 2021
What this essentially means is that when the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launches in Europe, the Nintendo 64 titles will not be limited to the European versions that they received way back in the 1990s. Those iterations infamously ran a bit slower than other regions, roughly 50Hz compared to the regular 60Hz. This resulted in slower gameplay and depending on the intensity of the title, slowed to a near halt.
This was initially brought to the attention of the community when Eurogamer reported that the European titles would still run at the 50Hz speed. Whether they sped up this process, or whether Nintendo was going to announce it anyway, the company seems to have alleviated the worries of Nintendo Switch owners in the continent. For those who are feeling nostalgic, they’ll also have the original 50Hz to play as well. As we approach the eventual launch of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, we still don’t have a definitive release date, nor do we have an exact price. Hopefully, Nintendo will have some more information leading to the end of the month.