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PSA: Enjoy Rumble in Super Mario 64 on Nintendo Switch Online with the Japanese version

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The Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack is now live and adds various Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games. At the moment there are a small number of regional differences, and perhaps the most notable is that Super mario 64 rioted in Japan and not in North America and Europe.

Before those pitchforks are sharpened, there is actually an interesting reason for doing so. In Japan, the version of the Expansion Pack app is the “Shindou Pak Taiou” edition, which was a remake of the game only in Japan, which added Rumble Pak support. So it was the latest and greatest version of the game in Japan, and that’s the one that was modeled after the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack in the country. However, if you use the North American or European app, you get the original version with no rumble.

Ideally, Nintendo would have implemented rumble on Switch in all territories. It is disappointing that no effort has been made to implement the feature for global users.

All is not lost, however, if you want to attempt a workaround. You need to create a Japanese account on your system, that is: relatively easy to do then access the country’s eShop, find and download the N64 app. then You simply open the Japanese version of the app with your regular NSO Expansion Pack enabled account and you can play these alternative versions. At the moment, Super Mario 64 is the only “bonus”, although we’ve seen examples of interesting Japan-only releases on the NES and SNES apps in the past.

If you want to know how to set up a Japanese account, please see how to do this below. It’s not as simple as we’d like it to be, but it’s better than nothing.

Are you planning to try this version of Super Mario 64 on the N64 app? Let us know in the comments.


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