Last month, Nintendo announced that Nintendo 64 games would be coming to its Switch Online service in the form of a paid upgrade known as an “Expansion Pack”.
All sorts of questions have been raised so far, but one that keeps popping up is which version of the Super mario 64 will get the service? For Mario’s 35th last year, Nintendo added the Shindou iteration of the game to “limited time”. Super Mario 3D All-Stars Collection with an updated resolution and textures.
So what will the Switch Online version be? While Nintendo doesn’t have to confirm exactly what we’re getting yet, we’ve taken the screenshot provided on their website and compared it with our own image from the version in 3D All-Stars. As you can see, the N64 Switch Online version appears to be a standard ROM as you might have expected. There were also suggestions Power be the Shindou version – which is a good or bad thing depending on who you’re talking to …
Nintendo Switch Online:
Super Mario 3D All-Stars:
Here’s what we have to say about the Super Mario 64 upgrades from Super Mario 3D All-Stars in our Nintendo Life review:
“Super Mario 64 is probably the one whose upgrade is the most impressive. It may have only been upscaled to 720p here, but the fact that it originally ran at 240p means that three times the number of vertical lines you get a nice clean upscaling The result is a brilliantly clean looking version of the game …
“… it’s not just the polygonal elements of the game that are getting a sharper side. Nintendo has also taken the time to overhaul all of the sprite-based elements, and this move is probably the most noticeable upgrade. All of the text is beautiful smooth, the counters for the number of lives and stars you have are sharp and even stuff that falls during the winter phases will look like snow much better.”
So, long story short – if you’re even a little bit bitter that Nintendo is making this particular N64 classic available so soon after the limited-time release of 3D Mario, remember that the 3D all-stars -Version of the game probably still available will be the “final edition” (provided you are a fan of the Shindou version) – with all the modern details that make it look better than ever on the Switch.
Obviously, this hasn’t been the only topic of conversation regarding Switch Online lately. Earlier this week, Nintendo addressed some concerns and confirmed that N64 games would run at 60Hz in Europe. Phew!
What do you think of Mario 64 being on the N64 grid for Switch Online? Leave a comment below.