The new plan is kicking off in late October.

During the latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo gave the good news that they are bringing Nintendo 64 and Genesis titles to Nintendo Switch Online. Unfortunately, these games will only be offered if you decide you want to pay more for Nintendo's online service, at a price point that has yet to be revealed.

As it stands right now, Nintendo Switch Online can be yours for an entire year at just about $20 (USD), which really isn't too bad at all when you consider PlayStation and Xbox are typically around $60. However, the fact that a higher tier of payment is coming and that it's needed to access the upcoming N64 and Genesis titles isn't exactly sitting well with some fans.

As of right now, Nintendo has not yet announced how much this higher tier of Nintendo Switch Online will cost anybody. Those who are on the current (lower) tier will be able to remain on it.

Anyway, let's take a look at those upcoming games that you may, or may not, get to play when this new online tier comes around.

Launch Lineup of Nintendo 64 Games
  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Tennis 64
  • WinBack
  • Yoshi’s Story

Upcoming Nintendo 64 Games (With More To Come!)
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Pokémon Snap
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Golf
  • Paper Mario
  • F-Zero X

Launch Lineup of SEGA Genesis Games
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Strider
Not to be overshadowed by the above news, is also the announcement that Nintendo will be releasing two new controllers that resemble the original Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers. Pre-orders will be coming at a later date for these two retro designs. The controllers will be sold for $49.99 (USD) each.

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Curiously, North America is getting the 3-button version of the Genesis controller while Japan and other regions are getting the superior 6-button design. I had both when I was a kid and much preferred the smaller size of the 6-button Genesis controller even if those extra buttons were largely wasted except for a handful of games, most of which were of the fighting genre.

As someone who grew up in the original eras of the NES, SNES, Genesis, and Nintendo 64, this is just beyond bizarre to see Nintendo releasing a Sega Genesis controller. This would have been completely unthinkable some 30 years ago.