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Image courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo Switch Online is expanding with N64 and Sega Genesis games as part of an additional membership called Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

Why it matters: The new tier is likely to cost more than the existing membership, making access to older games even more expensive.

  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership, announced during Thursday's Direct, gives players access to classic NES and Super NES games for $3.99 per month (with pricing tiers that offer discounts for three- or 12-month plans).
  • Nintendo has not yet announced pricing or an exact release date; the expansion will arrive sometime in October.
  • Nintendo will also release wireless N64 and Sega Genesis controllers for the Switch, priced at $49.99.

The lineup so far includes classic titles such as:

  • "Super Mario 64"
  • "Mario Kart 64"
  • "Starfox 64"
  • "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time"
  • "Sonic 2"
  • "Castlevania Bloodlines"

Yes, but: Nintendo's tier framing may make it difficult for fans to access all the old games they want at a reasonable price.

  • A Switch Online membership doesn't have access to old GameBoy games, for example; if those games are added in the future, it raises questions about whether players will be able to purchase specific systems a la carte, or pay rising prices for access to everything.
  • Eurogamer reports that UK-based players are also concerned over which version of the retro games they'll get: the 50Hz versions vs. the faster, more optimized 60Hz versions.

What's next: Support for older games will continue.

  • A Nintendo spokesperson told Axios that "more games will be added to the NES and Super NES collections that are available with both the Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack memberships.”

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"Smash Bros. Ultimate" to announce its final fighter Tuesday

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"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate"'s last fighter is being announced Tuesday, bringing the game's whopping 82-character cast to a close.

Why it matters: The final fighter, which will be added via DLC, signals a possible end to more than just the game's roster.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.

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