Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is a bad deal, no matter how you slice it

I think it’s fair to say that Nintendo Switch Online has been, at best, a mixed bag. Its relatively poor online infrastructure is a far cry from the quality we get from PS Plus and Xbox Live, with semi-frequent disconnects and lag spikes occurring in even the most popular Switch titles including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. And that’s before talking about its archaic approach to friends lists and in-game chat.

The base monthly subscription cost, thankfully, is appropriately priced, and Nintendo has done its best to balance out its online service’s poor connection quality with a helping of NES and SNES titles, available to play through dedicated apps on the Switch. These are somewhat nice additions, featuring several great titles (many of which support online play), but it’s insignificant compared to the incredible sold-separately Virtual Console offerings of the those halcyon Wii and Wii U days.

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