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Nintendo Switch Online’s Nintendo 64 games are causing problems

Uh oh.

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack has launched, offering subscribers access to Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. Less than a day in, players are already complaining of issues when it comes to the N64 library of titles.

A post on ResetEra gathers all the issues, which range from input lag, framerate and texture issues, Controller Pack errors in emulation, sound delay and unorthodox button layouts.

The post continues to gather individual player feedback.

“Pretty noticeable input lag and audio delay in all [N64] stuff so far,” wrote nogoodnamesleft.

“Played Mario 64 and Kart and noticed some performance/frametime issues,” added Surfheart. “I fired up my actual N64 with Kart and it was smoother on original hardware. Have also noticed some textures in Kart are not bilinear filtered whereas they are on original hardware.”

Our very own Ben Salter tried out the service yesterday and also commented on the finger gymnastics required to pull off commands better suited for the N64’s unique controller. His solution seems to be like that of others in that he’s already purchased a new N64 controller to play the retro games on offer in the Expansion Pass.

Have you tried out the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack yet? What do you make of it, if so?

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