Majora’s Mask coming to Switch, but through the online Expansion pack

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch, but players will not be able to actually buy it or own the title in any way, as it’s locked behind the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

The much-hated Expansion pack System – which requires Nintendo Switch Online subscribers to pay extra to access certain content – means that anyone wanting to jump into Majora’s Mask will need to fork over a substantial amount of money all while knowing that the game will be taken away the second their subscription lapses.

In South Africa Nintendo Switch Online costs R262 per years which was always considered irritating because of the barebones offering but almost acceptable due to being cheaper than similar online pricing from the likes of Xbox and PlayStation.

That changed when it was announced that the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack would cost R629 for a year.

These prices get even worse when you look at the Family Plan, which is made for up to eight accounts coming in at R459 for Nintendo Switch Online and R1 129 for the Expansion pack option.

All of this money to play old games which have been out for decades. Majora’s Mask came out in 2000, it’s 22 years old. We’re not saying that older games are inherently worth less, just that there are countless other ways to play the game that doesn’t involve forking over a lot of money to Nintendo every year.

We won’t even go into the moral and legal grey area of emulation where Majora’s Mask and just about every single other retro game can be played perfectly fine with extra features like better resolution, increased FPS, improved textures and more.

The emulation issue is even more sour as the Expansion Pack games essentially are emulated, and very poorly at that.

Regardless The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask releases through the Expansion Pack on Nintendo Switch in February.


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