If it seems like Nintendo doesn’t update the N64 portion of their NSO library as often as the other categories, that’s because they don’t. The N64’s library simply wasn’t as large as that of their previous systems, the NES, SNES and Game Boy. But then you have moments like tonight, when five minutes into the Game Awards, Nintendo dropped THREE N64 games into NSO.
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There’s a big problem with the Nintendo 64 library on Nintendo Switch Online: a sizable chunk of the good titles for the system were released by a studio that is now owned by a rival business. Rare was considered one of the best, if not the best, developers of N64 games. In the 90s Nintendo owned a controlling interest of Rare’s stock and their games were released exclusively on the N64. Early in the Gamecube era, Nintendo cut Rare loose and Microsoft, needing reasons for people to purchase their new XBox console, bought them outright.