Everything old is new again. During the September 23 Direct, Nintendo announced two big new additions to the Switch Online library: Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis, along with retro controllers to match. (We’re not trying to brag, but we kind of saw this coming.)
While the reveal of both these ‘90s-inspired controllers is enough to make any retro game fan race to the nearest Best Buy, these beguiling accessories aren’t in stores just yet.
Here’s everything we know about the N64 wireless controller.
When is the Nintendo 64 Switch controller release date?
The N64 Switch controller is available to order now on the Nintendo Store. Controllers will begin shipping out October 25, 2021. Each subscriber is limited to four controllers each.
What’s the price of the Nintendo 64 Switch controller?
The Nintendo 64 wireless controller for Switch will cost $49.99.
That wording hints you’ll need to order the controller online via Nintendo’s eShop and have an existing Switch Online membership to purchase a controller. It also sounds like membership could be a prerequisite, meaning you won’t be able to pick one up at a local retailer. But that’s not totally clear at this stage.
In any event, you’ll need to pay for more than just the controller. You’ll have to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber in order to access all those fun retro games. Currently, membership prices run between $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Like many subscription services, you’ll get a discount for paying in advance.
Those prices will likely go up slightly for the primo “Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack” version of the service that you’ll need to access the N64 and Genesis games revealed in the September 23 Nintendo Direct.
What Nintendo 64 games are coming to Switch Online?
Here’s the launch lineup of N64 games:
- Super Mario 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Mario Kart 64
- Star Fox 64
- Sin and Punishment
- Dr. Mario 64
- Mario Tennis 64
- Yoshi’s Story
There are some classics, to be sure, but where the heck is GoldenEye, dang it? (Yes, it’s a long story, but we can dream.) That said, the first two titles alone will likely be worth the cost of admission.
Nintendo also revealed the following titles would join the N64 Switch Online library at a later date:
- Pokémon Snap
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Mario Golf
- Paper Mario
- F-Zero X
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launches in late October 2021.