Septembers Nintendo Direct was packed with a plethora of announcements to excite fans of Nintendo's many own franchises. Along with the announcement of highly anticipated titles such as Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Bayonetta 3, Nintendo officially announced that Nintendo 64 games would join the Nintendo Switch Online lineup with nine classic titles to be released with the Service Expansion Pack. . Since then, Nintendo announced via Twitter that those titles would receive a significant improvement in quality of life through the service.

Nintendo officially announced the list of titles that would be joining the service at launch, as well as a selection of titles that are currently planned to be added. The service is slated to launch in late October and will include popular N64 staples like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time along with darker titles like the Japan-exclusive cult classic Sin and Punishment. Titles like Banjo-Kazooie and Paper Mario were confirmed to come in the future and the iconic developer announced today that these games would be optimized for Switch. Nintendo UK's official Twitter account announced this morning that all Nintendo 64 games coming to the console can be played in 60 Hz English versions. Some of the titles included with the expansion pack will also be playable on the console. Original PAL versions with options for different languages. The update ensures that all games added to the service will be playable in 60hz instead of the standard 50hz PAL versions.

The inclusion of English versions also confirms the return of the English version of Sin & Punishments, previously limited to the Wii and Wii U virtual console. The updated Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack was also announced to add a small selection of SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive titles. The initial release will feature some iconic 16-bit SEGA console titles like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Ax, and Ecco The Dolphin. Nintendo did not announce the official price for the expansion pack during the Direct, but did mention that existing Nintendo Switch Online members will be able to upgrade at a discount.

The September Nintendo Direct was packed with major announcements and iconic Nintendo franchises. Between new trailers for the now released Metroid Dread and the highly anticipated Splatoon 3, Nintendo made several other announcements that got fans talking about a new Smash character (now revealed as Sora from Kingdom Hearts) to the cast of the Illuminations Mario movie. The addition of Nintendo 64 games to Nintendo Switch Online was a welcome addition to the library of services and will ensure that classic titles can be experienced by a new generation of Nintendo fans.