Nintendo surprisingly announced it a few months ago, and it is now a reality that Nintendo Online subscribers who paid for the add-on package (€ 39.99 in total) can now start a first set of Nintendo 64 games that will be released in September were released in 1997 by us, from their Nintendo Switch (the OLED version of which was released a few weeks ago). The most nostalgic can therefore immerse themselves in classics like Super Mario 64 or The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, while the youngest have something to perfect their video game culture. Only here could not everything go so well.

A mess of problems

While the most impatient gamers rushed to download their first emulated games since the service went live yesterday, most quickly became disillusioned with the colossal number of problems this new offering piles up. First of all, there are the (too) classic performance problems that inevitably result from dubious emulation: The Nintendo Switch is certainly not the most powerful console on the market, but games that were released more than 20 years ago should logically run carefree. This is clearly not the case as the number of frames per second in the game often drops.

A very annoying problem in itself, to which there is also the input lag, i.e. the reaction time of your character as soon as you have pressed a button on your Joycon or your controller. If the latency is generally barely noticeable, so as not to spoil the gaming experience, it is drastically extended here. Suffice it to say that even half a second of latency can quickly ruin your game once a minimum of reflexes (fights, jumps …) is required.

Speaking of buttons to press, depending on the game, these often turn out to be confusing. To put it simply, a button that your character can jump that was at the bottom of the Nintendo 64 controller is at the very top of your Joycon on Switch. If once again the problem may seem minor to a newbie, it’s quite a logic that annoys more experienced players who are used to certain standards: the bottom button to jump, the side button to take action, or type in bad guys …

But let’s say we argue a little. On the other hand, it is difficult to excuse the rendering of certain emulated games, which is sometimes significantly inferior to the rendering of the original games released on Nintendo 64: check out the rendered water in the list of tweets at the end of the article the “switch version” of Ocarina of Time, which is just one example among many.

And if we pass on the emulator crashes causing save data corruption because it seems to affect only a small handful of players, however, we are not saved from many lag, connection and performance issues for online games like Mario Kart 64. If the connection of some players is questionable, it has to be admitted that Nintendo’s online service has never been known for its quality.

Twitter, a hangout for frustrated gamers

But more than words, below we offer you a small selection of tweets from players that illustrate all of the problems mentioned or simply scream for the cheating. Enjoy.

# 1

Nintendo 64 Online tests Speedrunner #NintendoSwitchOnline

October 27, 2021

# 2

Wsh they are dirty the textures of the house #NintendoSwitchOnline # NINTENDO64 #ZeldaOcarinaOfTime #NintendoSwitch

October 26, 2021

# 3

Good evening @NintendoFrance damn it get your ass fucked, pay 36 balls just for Nintendo 64 and it’s a shame

October 26, 2021

# 4

Ocarina of Time

N64 vs Wii VC vs Switch

(h / t @ zfg111)

October 26, 2021

# 5

Enemies who teleport will disappear and pass through vehicles. I feel like I am playing online with a delay. # Nintendo64

October 26, 2021

# 6

Nintendo and their new Nintendo 64 subscription are like:

October 26, 2021

# 7

50 dollars for it 🙂 # Nintendo64 #NintendoSwitchOnline #NintendoSwitch

October 26, 2021

# 8th

The input delay in OoT on #NintendoSwitchOnline is even worse than what it feels like on SM64. Just check out this #NintendoSwitch

October 26, 2021

# 9

Ah, because I learned that not only is the original layout not respected, but ADDITIONALLY, it is NOT POSSIBLE to remap the keys ud83e udd28 ud83e udd28 ud83e udd28 ud83e udd28
But what ??? # NINTENDO64 #NintendoSwitch #NintendoSwitchOnline

October 26, 2021

# 10

In case you are seduced by Nintendo 64 games on Nintendo Switch

October 26, 2021