After Fan Concern, Nintendo Confirms European N64 Switch Online Games Can Be Played at 60Hz
European Switch owners, rejoice! Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that all N64 games included in the Switch Online + Expansion Bundle can be played at 60Hz.
In a tweet Posted on its official Twitter account, Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that every game included in the new Switch Online membership tier will be playable at 60Hz in English. The account also confirmed that some games will also have an option to switch between the original European PAL versions with other language options.
All Nintendo 64 games included with #NintendoSwitchOnline + The expansion pack can be played in English language versions at 60Hz. Some games will also have the ability to play the original European PAL version with language options. pic.twitter.com/nZeO4WQaPN
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) October 11, 2021
It’s a huge win for European gamers who own Nintendo’s hybrid console and can’t wait to replay some N64 classics without blowing dust off their cartridges or N64 console. During the lifespan of the N64, European games were released in PAL format and unlike the US releases, these region-specific titles ran at 50Hz instead of 60Hz, leading many to view them as lower versions.
Like Eurogamer noted, when Nintendo announced that N64 games were coming to Switch Online, European fans were concerned that the games would run at a lower refresh rate – especially since an early trailer appeared to show PAL games. It looks like we saw the PAL option used, rather than just the version.
During a Nintendo Direct last month, the company announced that Switch Online is getting a big update, which will add N64 and Sega Genesis games to its virtual library for members to play. Some games coming to the N64 launch lineup include Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Star Fox 64. The update is expected to arrive this month, with pricing and a firm release date expected to happen. closer to launch. .
Taylor is the Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.