N64 games Wave Race and Super Smash Bros. coming to NSO Expansion Pack reveal dataminers

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The original and, to be honest, not the best (pic: Mobygames)

Dozens more N64 games are scheduled to come to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, with Game Boy games once again rumoured.

The launch of the Expansion Pack for Nintendo Switch Online – effectively a second tier of the subscription, that doubles the price – has not gone well, with reports of multiple games suffering from frame rate issues, input lag, sound problems, and numbers other failures.

Hopefully they’ll be fixed soon though as Nintendo has implied more games are coming to the service, and several of them already seem to have been leaked.

The information from dataminer MondoMega isn’t as simple as a list of names but instead an alphabetical list with missing entries, but that does make it relatively easy to guess what some of the titles are.

The currently available games are as follows: Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Lylat Wars (aka Star Fox 64), Yoshi’s Story, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Operation: WinBack, Mario Tennis, Dr. Mario 64, and Sin & Punishment.

Other games hinted at by Nintendo include Paper Mario, Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Pokémon Snap, F-Zero X, Mario Golf, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and Banjo-Kazooie.

The easiest games to predict from the leak are Super Smash Bros. (the original one), Wave Race 64, and Mario Party 1 through 3. It also looks like something beginning with ‘W’ is also planned, so maybe WWF No Mercy, Wetrix, or Worms Armageddon.

Initial datamining from the N64 app is somewhat fruitful. Going by the game IDs there are at least 38 N64 titles planned for NSO. The list is alphabetical so you can fill in some of the gaps already; 37 is Majora, 32 is Smash, 33 is Wave Race, 14-16 is Mario Party, etc. pic.twitter.com/tiVcugmc88

— MondoMega (@Mondo_Mega) October 26, 2021

To be honest, you don’t really need a leak to predict what most of the games are going to be, since the watchword for the N64’s library was always quality over quantity.

First party games like 1080° Snowboarding, Pilotwings 64, Donkey Kong 64, Cruis’n USA, Excitebike 64, and Pokémon Puzzle League seem a shoo-in, but the real question is whether there’ll be any more Rare games – now that they’re owned by Microsoft.

Banjo-Kazooie has already been teased but what about Banjo-Tooie, Blast Corps, Jet Force Gemini, and Perfect Dark? Although to get GoldenEye 007, Nintendo would have to strike a deal with not just Microsoft but also Hitman makers Io Interactive – the current holders of the James Bond licence.

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The final titbit from the datamine, other than more Mega Drive games are on the way too, is that the consoles are also numbered, with the NES as number 1, SNES as number 2, N64 as number 3 and Mega Drive as number 5.

There’s a gap for number 4, which lends credence to previous rumours that the Game Boy and Game Boy Color will also be added to the service in the near future.

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