The always popular Nintendo Direct presentations have a history of getting die-hard Nintendo fans riled up with unexpected and occasionally infamous announcements. This often results in a huge amount of hype and publicity being generated, happily, this time around Nintendo has given the fans a treat in the form of additional features to be included with their Nintendo Switch Online service, at an extra cost, of course.
Nintendo Switch Expansion Pack cost
The base Nintendo Switch Online membership currently costs either $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year-long subscription and allows access to their standard set of online services including online matchmaking and cloud saves for your games. Additionally, you can choose a family membership that costs $34.99 per year, this covers eight people, with one having to be designated as the parent (pro-tip: Be the mom/dad of your friends and revel in the resulting shared savings)
The cost of the new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack has been announced as $49.99 per year or $79.99 for the family membership if you choose to heed the expert advice in the previous paragraph, this is roughly a 60% increase over the base Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The new expansion pack includes access to emulation of the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) and a resulting library of over 100+ classic games all available to play. Not bad for $49.99 a year.
As an additional bonus, the Expansion Pack includes the Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise DLC for no extra cost. The expansion allows you to design vacation homes and holiday resorts and a Paradise Planner, which nets you Poki, an exclusive currency allowing the purchase of rare furniture. Enough success in the paradise planning department will allow you to remodel the homes of your island residents, a feature Animal Crossing fans have been asking for in droves for a while now.