Nintendo Switch Online Adds ‘EarthBound Beginnings’ and ‘EarthBound’

Deepak Gupta February 10, 2022
Updated 2022/02/10 at 4:02 AM

Classic RPG games EarthBound Starts and EarthBound will be available on Nintendo Switch Online starting today. Happy travels, Ness and friends.

EarthBound Starts is also known as Momand originally came to the NES (locally known as the Famicom) in Japan in 1989. Its sequel, EarthBound, is an SNES classic that hit western markets in 1995, and the entire series was pivotal to the RPG genre, with mechanics and visual styles that still influence games to this day. The last entry in the series, mother 3arrived on the Game Boy Advance in Japan in 2006, and has never been officially localized for an English audience.

Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service that unlocks online games, cloud saves, and access to a library of NES and SNES games on Switch. An additional paid tier, dubbed the Expansion Pack, adds access to N64 and Sega Genesis titles. Switch Online is $20 per year, while the Expansion Pack is $50 per year.

Today’s announcement was not a total surprise — Shigesato Itoi, creator of EarthBound tweeted some tips just a few hours before the Nintendo Direct was released.

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