The brand-new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack has been live for just over a week now. Whatever your feelings are towards it (I’m having a blast with Ocarina of Time), it’s now possible to play N64 and Sega Genesis games on-the-go. Currently, there are only 9 N64 games available on the service, but according to this latest data mine, they won’t be the only ones for much longer. Not by a long shot.
Over on Twitter, MondoMega posted the full datamined list of N64 games they discovered that are coming to Nintendo Switch Online’s expansion. There’s a total of 38 N64 titles, but which ones they could be remains a mystery.
Initial datamining from the N64 app is somewhat fruitful. Going by the game IDs there are at least 38 N64 titles planned for NSO. The list is alphabetical so you can fill in some of the gaps already; 37 is Majora, 32 is Smash, 33 is Wave Race, 14-16 is Mario Party, etc. pic.twitter.com/tiVcugmc88
— MondoMega (@Mondo_Mega) October 26, 2021
Like I said, it’s unclear which games will release, but because the list is in alphabetical order, we can already start to fill in some of the gaps. Along with the 9 current games available already, Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Banjo-Kazooie, Pokemon Snap, F Zero X, Mario Golf, Paper Mario, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards will be releasing at some point too. With those 16 games filled in, you can start to breakdown the extensive N64 library to figure out which other games will make an appearance.
Mondo mentions that Super Smash Bros. is #32 and Wave Race is #33. The only games between Mario Kart 64 and Mario Tennis could be Mario Party 1–3, so it’s a safe bet to say that they will be added. There have also been reports that certain Rare titles such as Diddy Kong Racing and Killer Instinct Gold will join the expansion, so you could try to see where they fit into the mix as well.
What’s also interesting is that according to Mondo’s discovery, there are currently 52 placeholder slots on the Sega Genesis side of the Expansion Pack. With only 14 games available right now, there are still a ton of Sega games to look forward to. I don’t even know where to start guessing with that library.
If that wasn’t enough, the datamine also reveals that the first number of each game ID corresponds to their console. NES is #1, SNES is #2, N64 is #3, and Sega Genesis is #5, leaving #4 open for an unannounced console. There have been rumors that Game Boy and Game Boy Color games could come to the Switch Online service at some point, but we still haven’t heard anything official yet. Based on this discovery though, it could very well mean Game Boy will fill that slot. I just hope Nintendo doesn’t bump up the subscription cost if and when Game Boy games join the online service.
Of course, this isn’t anything official, but it’s exciting to think about. If those rumored Rare games turn out to be true, I feel like GoldenEye 007 would fit nicely somewhere on that list. 1080 Snowboarding would be great to have too. We’ll just have to patiently wait and see.