Nintendo launched its “Expansion Pack” for the Switch Online service in October, which brought Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 games to the library of retro playable titles. The first new addition has now been announced, and it’s just a game: Paper mario. It will be available on December 10.
Paper mario was released for the N64 in 2000 and was the first entry in what has become a popular spinoff series featuring Mario characters and RPG-style turn-based combat. The most recent game, Paper Mario: the king of origami, was released on Switch last year.
The launch of Nintendo’s expansion pack was somewhat controversial. The annual fee of $ 49.99 also includes a large Animal crossing expansion, but it’s still a big increase over the regular $ 29.99 service that includes NES and SNES games, and the quality of the N64 emulation has come under scrutiny as well. While Paper mario is a popular game, adding just one version at a time is unlikely to change many people’s opinion of the service.
Paper mario is one of a list of upcoming N64 games that Nintendo has already confirmed to be on the way. Others include Banjo-Kazooie, Pokémon Snap, and The Legend of Zelda: The Mask of Majora.