Nintendo’s Switch Online ‘Expansion Pack’ will cost $50 per year

Nintendo held a Direct video presentation this morning, announcing two major updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. One is a free bit of DLC, and the other is a paid, $25 expansion called Happy Home Paradise. Unexpectedly, Nintendo used this announcement to reveal the price of the upcoming Switch Online “expansion pack.” The service, which adds classic N64 and Sega Genesis games to the existing Switch Online offerings, will cost $50 per year or $80 for a family plan. This expansion will include access to the $25 Happy Home Paradise DLC — so if you’re an Animal Crossing: New Horizons player, it’s like getting the rest of the Expansion Pack benefits for $5.

Nintendo didn’t say when the Expansion Pack would go live. But, both Happy Home Paradise and the free update for New Horizons are set to arrive on November 5th, so it’s safe to say that the new online service should be available then too. The company had previously said it would launch in October, but we haven’t heard any details since. There are more details about the expansion pack up on Nintendo’s site, but it still just says that it is “coming soon.”

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