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While the big news out of today's Nintendo Direct will undoubtedly be the return of GoldenEye 007, it wasn't the only N64 title revealed for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion service.

Those who pay the additional cost to upgrade from the standard Switch Online service will also be able to access the first three Mario Party games, the two Pokémon Stadium titles, Pilotwings 64, 1080 Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64.

As you can see, it's an interesting mix of party titles and extreme sports games, all of which include multiplayer, except for Pilotwings 64. The Mario Party and Pokémon Stadium games include a whole host of fun and interesting video games to play with friends, while Excitedbike 64 and 1080 Snowboarding are two pulse-raising sports-action games. Mario Party, Mario Party 2, and Pilotwings 64 are expected to come out this year, while the rest will come to the service in 2023.

Interestingly, in Japan, Harvest Moon 64 was also included on the list of new games, but this has yet to be announced for the western version of the service, potentially due to the issues regarding the name. While the Harvest Moon series in Japan has always been called Bokujō Monogatari, in the west it was named Harvest Moon up until 2014 when the developers Marvelous and the publisher Natsume parted ways.

Since then, things have gotten a bit messy, with two separate series of farming games following on from these earlier titles: Story of Seasons by the original developers, and the new Harvest Moon games published by Natsume. Do you see the problem yet? It's therefore unknown whether Harvest Moon 64 will be able to come to Europe and North America, but we certainly have our fingers crossed.

You can watch the VOD of the Nintendo Direct live stream below to check out this announcement and anything else you might have missed from today:

What do you think of this selection? Are there any you hope to see in the future? Let us know in the comments!

[source youtu.be]