Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo Switch Online Release Confirmed for Early 2022


A classic Nintendo 64 game is set to hit the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack early next year, as Banjo-Kazooie will launch in January for players to dive into.

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Nintendo’s official Twitter account broke the news on Friday, revealing that the iconic platformer would release on the Expansion Pack “in January,” with no official release date given. The news comes on the same day that Paper Mario is also releasing for the Expansion Pack, giving players the chance to experience another classic title from years past.

So far, only a handful of games have been released for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, with the following Nintendo 64 games being available as of this writing:

  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Starfox 64
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Sin & Punishment
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Tennis
  • Operation Winback
  • Paper Mario

A ton of games from the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive systems are also available, including:

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Puyo Puyo
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Strider

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In the future, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack plans to add even more games, with F-Zero X, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Pokémon Snap, Mario Golf, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards all planned to launch at some point in the future.

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