As part of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo 64 titles will be available worldwide. What is relatively unknown is that European users (if they download the European app) will be strength to use PAL Nintendo 64 titles if they choose to use the European application. This is a bad thing because European N64 titles are stuck at 50Hz versus 60Hz for North American and Japanese N64 titles. This means that Europeans will have an inferior gaming experience if they use the default experience Nintendo will provide them.
Why are European Nintendo Switch Online N64 games slower?
For a number of games, the difference may be minimal, but for big titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, players will end up with a slower experience. There was no change in the game code when the game was increased from 60Hz to 50Hz and because of this Ocarina of Time in the Pal regions made everything do 1 / 6th slower. There are certainly some Nintendo 64 games where the conversion has been done better that a smaller difference will be noticed. Do not believe me ? Check out the North American version here and the PAL (European) version here.
Each regional rom will also retain all the differences they had in their original versions, for example the PAL version of Ocarina of Time has a slightly wider frame than the NTSC version. Any version specific languages or issues will also remain as no additional work has been put into the original roms. It makes sense, however, to leave the Roma unchanged, as efforts should be made in each regional variant of each Roma to create a unified experience.
Still, yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was an overall good experience. However, if you are a European who wants to regain some nostalgia and not be limited by the PAL format, there is a very easy way to do it.
How can I play North American or Japanese N64 games if I am from Europe?
It’s easy! Just do this:
- Create a new free Nintendo Switch account for this different region.
- Access this region store with the free account.
- Download the free NSO Console app.
- Launch the app with your account that has a valid NSO subscription.
It’s a fairly straightforward process and can be done for any region. The only difficult part might be to create an account for Japan due to the foreign language, but I’m sure there are some guides on good old Google.
All in all, it’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? And we might not even be finished either. Even as early as 2019, it was discovered that the Switch had other potential NSO emulators built in, and the rumor mill is still spinning about the Gameboy and Gameboy Advanced titles coming to the Switch.
For more info on all things Nintendo, stay tuned to TechRaptor.