Nintendo Switch Online allows players to run Nintendo 64 games
The latest Nintendo Switch update brings improvements to the N64 emulation of some of the games that fans love. With the update, N64 games such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will run smoother and give gamers a much better experience.
When the N64 emulation was launched with the Switch Online Expansion Pack, some games experienced graphical issues and significant input lag.
The latest update to the platform features a number of changes, including adding Banjo-Kazooie to the N64 roster and improving the quality of emulation overall.
What the update fixes
Dataminer OatmealDome provided their own findings regarding the update, and they noted that a texture issue in Ocarina of Time has been fixed.
Another dataminer, LuigiBlood, stated that the N64 ROMs were not altered in any way, as the developers have already started improving the quality of the emulation.
Despite the update, there are still issues with the N64 controller pack and the Game Over screen on Paper Mario. Moreover, Ocarina of Time was considered the most critical game that needed improvement, and while it still has issues with rendering and input lag, it has made significant changes to its overall quality.
The N64 emulation issue was simply not worth it for the Switch Online Expansion Pack. As more games are added to the platform, more improvements should start to surface.
Banjo-Kazooie in Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo has added more games to the Switch Online library, including the 1998 release of Banjo-Kazooie. Created by Rare, this 3D puzzler follows the adventure of the titular character in Diddy Kong Racing. It features a variety of unsettling creatures and moments, and it is considered one of the most frightening games released for the Nintendo 64.
The game begins with the kidnapping of Tootie by the evil witch Gruntilda, who wants to steal her beauty for herself. Banjo and Kazooie must work together to recover various puzzle pieces and musical notes upon entering the witch’s lair. However, by the time they reach their second world, the proceedings are beginning to feel very unsettling.
At Treasure Trove Cove, a great white shark named Snacker shows up out of nowhere. Pursuing players until they reach the water, Banjo-Kazooie forces them to exit if they want to rescue a Jinjo.
Aside from the shark, the game also has a third world called Clanker’s Cavern, which features a mechanical shark that greeted players shortly after they entered the world. As players swim through the caverns, they run out of air and are forced to dive to free Clanker, a seemingly friendly shark.
During the game’s late stages, they encounter deathtraps that are pretty disturbing, such as the timed chambers in Gobi’s Desert. These chambers are designed to induce fear and rage, and they can only be used if the player manages to escape.