Take to the skies in Nintendo Switch Online’s next N64 game

Nintendo Switch Online’s next N64 game will be releasing very soon, and it’s a solid choice.

Pilotwings 64, one of the N64’s launch titles since 1996, is coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service on October 13. Nintendo Direct.

Bringing Pilotwings 64 to Nintendo Switch might seem like an odd choice at first, but it’s a more exciting choice than you might think. The game never made it to the Wii’s Virtual Console service and was never re-released beyond its N64 roots.

Pilotwings 64 is the first of Nintendo Switch Online’s “second wave” of N64 games. It will be followed by the original Mario Party trilogy, the two Pokémon Stadium games, 1080° Snowboarding, Excitebike 64 and the legendary GoldenEye 007 in 2023.

Spread your wings and fly

Don’t be fooled by Pilotwings 64’s status as a launch game. Despite being an early three-dimensional adventure from the mid-90s, the game holds up surprisingly well. That’s largely thanks to its simple control scheme, basic yet intuitive flight model, fun objectives, and pristine vibe soundtrack throughout.

So far, Nintendo has released one N64 game per month on Nintendo Switch. If it sticks to that timeline, we’re currently sorted through June 2023. What games could come beyond that? I’m still holding out hope for Mischief Makers, Killer Instinct Gold, and Castlevania 64 (which really isn’t as bad as you might think).

All in all, this will be a fantastic time for Nintendo Switch Online’s N64 library. Between the eclectic minigames of Pokémon Stadium, the superb multiplayer of GoldenEye, and Mario Party’s penchant for destroying friendships, the days of late ’90s sleepovers are well and truly back.

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