You want MUSHA? Then you better pay up.
During today’s Direct, Nintendo announced a special expansion to their online subscription plan to launch in late October. The plan adds Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games with promises of more to come. The titles revealed include:
- Castlevania Bloodlines
- Contra Hard Corps
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine / Puyo Puyo
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Golden Axe
- Gunstar Heroes
- Phantasy Star IV
- Shining Force
- Shinobi III
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Streets of Rage 2
The launch lineup is identical across all the US, UK, and Japan, aside from Japan getting the largely interchangeable Puyo Puyo instead of Mean Bean Machine. It was not specified if PAL regions would receive PAL versions of the games; however, the existing NES and SNES apps often prioritize NTSC over PAL.
Online has been confirmed for N64 titles (and has been available for NES and SNES titles), but Genesis titles have not been confirmed to have online multiplayer support. Nintendo stated further details, including the cost of this expansion pass, will come at a later date.
Nintendo also announced subscriber-exclusive optional Genesis and N64 controllers, available for $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99 each after the expansion launches.
UPDATE: North America and Europe are offering the 3-button version of the controller (as pictured); however, Japan will be offering the 6-button version.
While I loved watching the internet melt down over the Super Mario movie casting and announcements for future announcements, let’s take a brief moment to remember many of these games have already been released on Switch in some format. Among SEGA Genesis Classics (which is currently on sale for $15), Castlevania Anniversary Collection (on sale for $5), and Contra Anniversary Collection (also on sale for $5), the only titles otherwise not on Switch are Strider, MUSHA, and Ecco.
Let’s hold judgment until the actual price for the expansion is announced, but unless you’re in it for the N64 titles, these Genesis games and the rather expensive controller probably aren’t going to convince you to put in a bit extra. Genesis fans are already pretty well served on the console. No shame in keeping vanilla just for that sweet, sweet PAC-MAN 99.