Nintendo won’t make Europeans play worse versions of N64 games on Switch

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Nintendo 64 games are being re-released as part of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription that will run at 60Hz, Nintendo of Europe Has been confirmed. news follows concern reported by eurogamer that re-released games, including classic titles such as super mario 64 And The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, will run at 50Hz in European PAL regions.


The disparity is a holdover from the days of standard definition TVs which typically used the 50 Hz PAL standard in Europe, but the 60 Hz NTSC standard in the US. This meant that footage shown on European TV would be refreshed 50 times per second instead of 60 as in the US. This wasn’t a major issue for regular TV content (which typically ran at 30fps in the US and 25fps in PAL regions), but it had a big impact on games where it could reduce gameplay smoothness and responsiveness.

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Concerns that re-releases would run at 50Hz in PAL regions arose very quickly after their Nintendo Direct announcement. eurogamer informed of That broadcast showed the game in the Nintendo UK version being quite slow, and Nintendo declined to comment when asked about the disparity.

The problem has occurred with the previous re-release. Nintendo Life notes The Wii’s Virtual Console includes some 50Hz PAL games, though the company will improve this with the Virtual Console service on the Wii U.

As well as offering a 60Hz option, Nintendo says select games will also include the option to play “with language options” in their original PAL versions.

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is set to include nine Nintendo 64 titles when it launches in late October, as well as a selection of Sega Genesis games. More N64 games, including The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, And F-Zero X Coming at a later date. The price of the subscription service is yet to be announced.

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