I’d go a step further and say there are aspects of NSO that I even dislike–games occasionally releasing with glaring bugs, not being able to delete suspend points (which means you might accidentally load an old one and lose progress across multiple save files), games like Paper Mario having an absurdly small aspect ratio that’s as small as the bottom screen of a DS in handheld mode.
But, the pros still greatly outweigh the cons for me. I’ve been waiting for N64 games to come to the Switch since 2017. To finally be able to take them on the go is a game-changer. Added online support is one of those things I still can’t believe Nintendo did, considering how behind the times they are. Before the Expansion Pass, the trickle feed of legacy content was miserable. But they’ve been consistently adding a new N64 game every 5 weeks, so there’s always something new to look forward to. Even on months with few games releasing, it keeps it from feeling like we’re in the middle of a drought. And, like I said before, I love how the games got a significant resolution boost and look way more vivid than on Wii U Virtual Console.
It’s funny–back in the Wii U days, I swear it felt like everyone was begging for a “Netflix-style subscription service” because they were tired of having to buy the same games over and over again on every console and hated the slow releases. I was one of the few people vehemently against the idea at the time, but Nintendo did exactly that. Of course, the service was a disaster at launch, and everyone seemed to do a 180° on their opinions and miss the Virtual Console service while I actually thought $20/year was a steal once they added SNES games.
I thought it was unlikely when Nintendo fans were saying maybe the N64 games would be free “as a show of good will.” That said, I was expecting them to double the price of the Expansion Pass to $40 max. They exceeded even my estimate, and I was pretty miffed about it but knew they were forcing my hand because of how badly I wanted N64.
But with the bundled DLC expansions and Nintendo’s commitment to adding more and more content to the service and carrying it over to their next console, I’m quite content with the price and think it’s a good value. Every year so far, I’ve saved money compared to if I were to buy these games individually on VC.
In the past 6 months alone, I would have bought Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Mario Kart 64, Kirby 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, EarthBound, Earthworm Jim, and the Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pack. Buying all of that individually would have cost over $120, which means I saved 70 bucks this year already and still have another six months to go. I might would have even considered the Animal Crossing expansion and other games like F-Zero, but now I don’t have to worry about those games I may not like. I just have them to try whenever I want at no extra cost.
With all that said, Nintendo should absolutely make them available for individual purchase for people who want to do it that way. And of course, there’s the concern about Nintendo someday shutting their servers down. So it’s not a perfect system, but I’m really loving it so far.