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RE: That's News!
Looks like I won't need a PS5 afterall. Just have to hope the GPU market calms down so I can get a new PC instead.
RE: Metroid Dread thread
PSA: There's apparently a bug that can crash the game if you place the markers on a specific door somewhere, so try to avoid placing them directly onto doors. It is pretty obscure, and there's almost no chance you'll run into it, but it triggers at a very unfortunate place if you do run into it, so do yourself a favor and just avoid putting them right on top of doors.
RE: Metroid Dread thread
@bigdude1 Joycon desyncing? Probably trying to use them too far from the main system or the old hands completely encompassing them thing that there's basically nothing they can do about without making the antenna a goofy external one or making the Joycon too big for anyone's hands to fully encase. I'd be curious if your Joycon come with the conductive foam inside standard now, but there's no easy way for you to check.
RE: Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
while both PS Plus and Game Pass give you free permanent add-ons and discounts towards purchasing games, PS Plus does not give you free full games you can play forever without an active account
I thought as long as you downloaded them within the free period while subscribed you kept them, even after subscription lapsed. That's not the case? We were always subscribed, so I guess I never knew they would all go away.
@DMCMaster Briefly covered that above. I don't know how much I buy it. People always believe what that person says, even though they're often wrong. I feel like, at best, they're not completely right, and they're right about the concept that it is so expensive because of licensing, but not solely because of SEGA licensing, but including stuff like Microsoft allowing Banjo Kazooie later and probably alot more we don't know about yet.
RE: Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
There's no way to just get the expansion pack for one month right?
There's a chart on the website that shows the option plans if you scroll down, so I feel like I can confidently say that's not going to be an option sadly.
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
What is Nintendo Switch Online? Remember when you used to be able to play Nintendo games online for free? Those days are gone buster. Despite holding out the longest, Nintendo now charges customers to play their games online. Only caveat is Free To Play games such as Fortnite do not require Nintendo Switch Online to play online. The good news however is that unlike competitor services, Nintendo Switch Online only costs $20 a year, which is dirt cheap!
There are other membership options available for different needs as well. Notably, up to 8 accounts can join together into a Family Membership for $35 a year, which typically results in a much better value proposition than purchasing individual memberships. You don't need to be an actual family to take advantage of this. You can simply form it between a group of friends that all kick in for it. You could be paying as little as about $4.50 a year for Nintendo Switch Online!
Now so far, we've only gone into these memberships granting you the ability to play Nintendo Switch games online, but that's not the only benefit you get for subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online. There are some additional benefits, which I will quickly summarize below:
- A library of over 100 NES + SNES Games you can access and play online with a friend while subscribed
- Save Data Backups over Cloud Storage (shouldn't be a paid incentive, also doesn't cover Pokemon for reasons)
- Smartphone App (barely used for anything so almost pointless)
- Voice Chat (except it goes through the crappy Smartphone App instead of normal Voice Chat)
- Special Offers like ability to buy classic form Controllers in Limited Quantity (antipiracy measure)
- Special Offers like Special Games such as Tetris 99, Pac-Man 99, or Super Mario 35 (which doesn't exist anymore)
- Special Offers like Game Trials (infrequently & randomly you'll get full access to some random game for about a week)
- Special Offers like... honestly some random digital crap like stuff to level up Spirits in Smash Bros. (no value here)
The big thing is the NES and SNES games. There's lots of classics in there, among lots of cool obscure stuff too, but the main problem with it is how infrequently they release with no hard schedule. Plus, people will always feel a lack of ownership over the games compared to Virtual Console since you can no longer access them once your subscription lapses. Unfortunately, Virtual Console was canibalizing third party and indie sales on Nintendo platforms in the past, so a subscription model is a much better system for a healthier overall storefront ecosystem where people still have disposable income each week / month / etc. to buy nonNintendo games. Now, let's talk about the Expansion Pack.
No, that's the N64 Expansion Pak. We're talking about the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. Sorry, no Donkey Kong 64 today. So what is the Expansion Pack? This is a completely optional more expensive tier of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service detailed above. In addition to all the benefits listed above, you will also gain access to a beginning library of 9 N64 games, some with optional online supporting up to 4 players, as well as 14 SEGA Genesis games that have been resold in countless collections over and over again for ages now. More are already confirmed to be on the way, but like the NES and SNES games we have no hard release schedule. I'm confident over time this will be a nice bulk of fun games to have access to, at least until Switch 2 happens.
All fun and games up until this point, but now here's where everyone slams the brakes on the hype train. This higher tier of the subscription service is going up from $20, not to $25, not to $27, not even to $30, but instead to...
FIFTY Goddamn American Dollarydoos Per Year
That's an 150% price hike over the previous lower subscription tier, which to be fair is still an available option, but holy shit!!
In no way, shape, or form does it make sense for these subscription access games included in this package to be costing you this much, not even with the theory of licensing fees for third party games I've seen floating out there. Pretty much everyone I've seen has said that if that's the case, Nintendo just needs to cut loose the fat and axe the SEGA games to bring the price back down to reasonable levels.
You no longer even have the option to pay less monthly for a taste of this higher tier, which could've made it a much easier pill to swallow for some. All you can really do to mitigate the massive cost is take advantage of the Family Plan option that also exists for this higher tier at $80 per year or $10 per year per account. That seems to honestly be the way to go with this, although it is annoying having to group up for the savings. But hold on, there appears to be even more going on here.
There's one more currently known benefit you get from subscribing to this higher tier of Nintendo Switch Online.
This is a normally $25 paid expansion to the wildly successful and well selling Nintendo Switch quarantine phenomenon Animal Crossing: New Horizons included for free in this higher tier while subscribed. It is also essentially, in essence, Happy Home Designer 2, for those who might remember that 3DS game that took the Animal Crossing property and tweaked it into a game fully focused on the aspect of decorating houses and yards for animal villagers to enjoy.
Now, even if you're already a big fan of Animal Crossing, that still sort of has a limited appeal aspect to it. The worst part is that you don't even really own it, since your access to the expansion is revoked if your subscription lapses. Nintendo was more than a bit grey over the specifics of that, but thankfully Eurogamer came through and pumped them for the necessary information beforehand on exactly how that's handled. In essence, you can no longer access the new area to do the decorating jobs, but the skills and furniture obtained there that you bring back to enhance your own island will be retained. Personally, that's good enough for me, but still definitely a bummer you don't just own the expansion forever.
Other gaming subscription services comparable to Nintendo Switch Online will monthly give out full games, not expansions, full games that as long as you download during the period you then get to keep and play for free forever. Previously, people saw the name Expansion Pack and figured it was just a cute nod to the N64 Add-On pictured above or just Nintendo being Nintendo with wanting to label their Season Passes as Expansion Passes and such for keeping the language surrounding their brand familiar but personal.
Instead, while this is still speculation, it seems this subscription service tier name might actually be taken quite more literally. The N64 and SEGA Genesis games might not be the intended bulk of this new tier of subscription, and instead the Expansion Pack might quite literally be designed around giving consumers an optional package to rent future expansions from Nintendo. If so, Nintendo has once again braved new ground in a weird territory nobody expected or really asked for either. Currently, the value proposition seems far from worth it to most consumers, especially those with no interest in Animal Crossing, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out and evolves, as well as how the value of the tier builds or doesn't over time.
This won't be a fun topic, but I'm pretty sure we'll need a place for it to keep it from constantly spilling over everywhere else, so go nuts below sharing your own stance, thoughts, frustrations, hopes / worries, scrambling to find a family group, etc. around this topic as the situation continues to grow and evolve.