Nintendo will be adding Paper Mario from N64 to its Switch Online Expansion Pack service next week.
As Nintendo announced on Twitter, the N64 classic will be the latest game that Switch Online subscribers with a premium membership can get their hands on. Paper Mario will be available for purchase on December 10th and will join a number of other games available to fans through the service including Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and more.
Explore the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach as the wafer-thin version of Mario from Bowser’s clutches!
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 3, 2021
Paper Mario was originally released for the N64 in 2000 and was the first in a series of Paper Mario spin-off titles to hit the market. The new look offers a different perspective for the Mario franchise through its wafer-thin characters, RPG-style gameplay, and turn-based combat, and quickly became popular with critics and fans alike. Nintendo’s latest entry to the series, Paper Mario: The Origami King, was released for Nintendo Switch last year.
Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that it would continue to improve and expand its Switch online service. The commitment came shortly after the company launched its Premium Expansion Pack membership, which got off to a tumultuous start in life after receiving backlash from fans.
Launched in October, the service gives fans access to a growing catalog of N64 and Sega Mega Drive games, as well as paid DLC (currently in the form of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise package) for a premium fee.
Complaints from fans at the time were diverse. However, the most common problems seemed to revolve around issues with input lag, sound lag, frame rate, and incorrect controller layouts. While Nintendo hasn’t specifically mentioned fan backlash as a reason for its desire to improve the service, the company is likely hoping that the addition of more popular N64 games like Paper Mario will help improve the response.
All of the N64 games currently included in the Switch Online expansion pack
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.