Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack — Online multiplayer guide

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The most anticipated feature of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack was, no doubt, the ability to play multiplayer retro games like Mario Kart 64 online with friends and family. The Expansion Pack offers both Nintendo 64 games, which support up to four players, as well as Sega Genesis titles, which can be played with up to two people.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack online multiplayer guide:

How to play online with friends Nintendo 64 Sega Genesis Things to look out for

How to play Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games online

Just like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System applications, you'll be able to invite and play with anyone in your Nintendo Switch Friends List. You'll also be able to use voice chat, but only through the Nintendo Switch Online mobile application.

How to play Nintendo 64 games online

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The following games support up to four players:

Mario Kart 64 Dr. Mario 64 Mario Tennis Star Fox 64 Win Back: Covert Operations Sin and Punishment (2 players only)

Here's how to get your multiplayer session off the ground:

Select the Nintendo 64 — Nintendo Switch Online application from the HOME menu.

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In the menu in the applications' left margin, select Play Online. Your system will automatically search for any friends who may be playing Nintendo 64 games as well.

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Choose a friend's lobby to join. Whoever creates a lobby has control of all menu actions until you've quit.

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Once your friend has chosen a game, have fun playing!

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If no one is available, you can choose to create a lobby and play a game while you wait. When your friends come online, they can simply join your lobby. If you'd like, set a three-digit passcode that friends can enter when joining your lobby.

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If you'd like, you can invite a friend to play online with you. Select up to three friends from your Friends List. You can always invite friends later by heading to the menu in the left margin.

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To quit, head to the menu in the left margin and select Quit Online Session. If you're currently playing a game, press the - button to quit. Press "Yes" to proceed.

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How to play Sega Genesis games online

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The following games support up to two players:

Contra: Hard Corps Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Golden Axe Gunstar Heroes Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Streets of Rage 2

Here's how to play these games with friends:

Select the "Sega Genesis — Nintendo Switch Online application from the HOME menu.

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In the menu in the applications' left margin, select Play Online. Your system will automatically search for any friends who may be playing Sega Genesis games as well.

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis Mega Drive Play Online

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Choose a friend's lobby to join. Whoever creates a lobby has control of all menu actions until you've quit.

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis Mega Drive Find Friends

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis Mega Drive Join FriendsSource: iMore

Once your friend has chosen a game, have fun playing!

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If no one is available, you can choose to create a lobby and play a game while you wait. When your friends come online, they can simply join your lobby. If you'd like, set a three-digit passcode that friends can enter when joining your lobby.

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If you'd like, you can invite a friend to play online with you. Select a friend from your Friends List. You can always invite friends later by heading to the menu in the left margin.

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis Mega Drive Invite Friend

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Sega Genesis Mega Drive Friends ListSource: iMore

To quit, head to the menu in the left margin and select Quit Online Session. If you're currently playing a game, press the - button to quit. Press "Yes" to proceed.

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Some users have experienced quite a bit of input lag when playing both single-player and multiplayer games. If this happens to you, check your internet connection to see if it's secure. The Nintendo Switch OLED model has a built-in ethernet port in the console's dock, but regular Switch users will have to purchase a LAN adapter as a separate accessory.

Multiplayer madness

If it's one thing about Nintendo, they've always focused on couch co-op and multiplayer. However, with social distance and meeting friends online, it's always good to have the option to play with others, even if you're not in the same room. Setting up a multiplayer party isn't very difficult, so you'll be dominating on the Mario Kart 64 track in no time!

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