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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack release date: What’s included and when you can get it

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Updated: Oct 27, 2021 3:36 pm
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack release date

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, as well as a glacially-expancing library of NES and SNES games. Well connected players 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 person per year (there is no monthly or three-month option), or $79.99 for a family membership if you choose to heed the expert advice in the previous paragraph. This constitutes a massive 150% increase over the base Nintendo Switch Online subscription and 130% over the standard Familiy Membership option. The new expansion pack includes all the benefits of Nintendo Switch Online (access to emulation of 100+ NES and SNES games, cloud saves, online play, etc), plus access to new libraries of Sega Gensis and Nintendo 64 games. Oh, and one other thing…

Happy Home Paradise DLC free

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.

If you do subsequently end your Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack account, or downgrade it to the standard Nintendo Switch Online membership option, you will lose access to many of the features of Happy Home Paradise DLC, though not necessarily the content you will have produced. To get it back, you’ll have to either buy the DLC, or renew your Expansion Pack membership.

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