Nintendo Switch Users Report Serious Problems With N64 Games
It’s incredibly expensive to upgrade to N64 games access on Nintendo Switch’s online service. With that in mind, the least that Nintendo could do was make sure they work correctly on the hardware. As it turns out, there is currently a mountain of complaints that have been put together about what problems people are having. Those who haven’t upgraded their Nintendo Switch Online to include N64 games – this writer included – are incredibly grateful they didn’t. This isn’t something we can refund either as far as we’re aware. So people who have upgraded are out of luck until Nintendo puts some effort into the games.
But what’s going on here?
Noticeable Issues Across All N64 Games on Nintendo Switch
Once issues began to be compiled on the ResetEra forums, more and more people chimed in with issues. One of the most common issues is that “input lag and audio delay in all n64 stuff so far,” and that’s not a good look. From regular users to speedrunners, all manner of people has opened up to talk about this really unfortunate launch from Nintendo. It’s not doing a lot to curry favor with their fans. With the upgrade being pretty expensive, and then not working right on top of that? Definitely not a good look.
The creator of the ResetEra thread spoke on that in particular:
“Considering the aggressive price tag on Expansion Pass, it’s understandable why people would be so put off by the myriad of problems that are being seen here.”
Another user, nogoodnamesleft, talked about an assortment of problems:
“the audio delay was super noticeable when I was scrolling through the menus (select cc and select character) you can easily (well it stood out instantly for me just because I play these games fairly regularly on OG hardware or retroarch pc) so the audio delay was reallllly obvious there and even when you run over the power ups the sound effect for it stood out being delayed. Jumping in Mario 64 feels superrrrrr heavy to me has to be at least half a second delay there”
Though as a note we do not condone the use of emulation in any way. It’s 50 dollars per year for the N64 games upgrade on your Nintendo Switch, so it should work correctly. What kind of issues has been found with these games? ResetEra’s forums compiled them:
- Input Lag: From slightly noticeable to not playable.
- Bizarre Button Layout: Without the N64 controller, the A and B buttons are swapped, and the C Button placement is weird.
- Framerate Issues: In particular, in Yoshi’s Island and Starfox 64.
- Sound Delay: This goes along with the input lag, and is particularly noticeable in the Mario games (64 and Kart)
- Texture Issues: This is happening badly in Mario Kart 64
- Controller Pak Error: The Controller Pak isn’t emulated at all, so games that need it (Mario Kart 64, Winback) are getting errors.
- Music Errors: Music in several games are garbled or sped up inappropriately.
Some of the footage on Twitter does have a banner at the bottom that says the internet connection isn’t stable, so there may be some problems. That doesn’t seem like it’s an issue for everyone though. The emulator is also reportedly the same one used for Super Mario 3D All-Stars, according to a leak on Twitter. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, we’re seeing some major Nintendo Switch issues for the N64 games. All we can do right now is hope that Nintendo has a fix on the way.