When Nintendo revealed last year it was bringing Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles to their online service, fans were overjoyed. Despite some technical glitches, Nintendo has made some adjustments and expanded the game library, which will see some great N64 titles added to the platform.
Complaints had arisen regarding the quality of emulation for the classic adventure The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Fans had noted the water in the much despised Water Temple lacked the same reflective qualities that made the 1998 version so timeless. According to Kotaku, the same update that brought Banjo-Kazooie –another game from 1998– to the Nintendo Switch Online seemingly corrected the issue, though others remain in the game. It’s not known if Nintendo will address those with additional patches in the coming months.
Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie is an experience unlike any other, and for the first time, is re-released on a Nintendo console (Rare is part of Microsoft’s Xbox Studios). This peculiar pair, a honeybear named Banjo and a breegull named Kazooie, partner up to release Banjo’s sister from the clutches of the witch Gruntilda. Their wild journey has players collecting musical notes and jigsaw puzzle pieces from around Spiral Mountain and its surrounding regions in order to gain access to Gruntilda’s lair and save Banjo’s sister.
In February, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is coming to the Nintendo Switch Online. Link must save the world of Termina from a terrible fate: its moon is falling, threatening Clock Town and its upcoming festival. With only three days to help the residents of this beleaguered region, Link must travel through time, learn songs, and shape-shift into various creatures, to stop the destruction.
In order to enjoy Banjo-Kazooie and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the Switch (OLED model pictured at top), players must have an active Nintendo Switch Online account and purchase a 12-month Expansion Pass for $63.99 CAD.
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