The N64 sports title will be added to the service on April 15, and will be available to Switch Online Expansion Pack subscribers.
Although Mario had appeared in some sports games in the past (most notably Mario Tennis on the Virtual Boy), Mario Golf was the first major sports game to star Nintendo’s mascot.
Developed by Camelot Software Planning, which had previously developed the first Everybody’s Golf (aka Hot Shots Golf) on the PlayStation, it was praised for the way that despite its Mario theme it still focused on providing solid golf mechanics first and foremost.
Mario Golf - Nintendo Switch Online trailer
Mario Golf will be the fourteenth Nintendo 64 game available on Switch Online in the west, following on from the addition of F-Zero X in March, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in February and Banjo Kazooie in January.
Once Mario Golf is added, the full list of Nintendo 64 titles on Switch Online will be as follows:
- Dr Mario 64
- F-Zero X
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Mario Golf
- Mario Kart 64
- Mario Tennis
- Paper Mario
- Sin & Punishment
- Star Fox 64
- Super Mario 64
- Yoshi’s Story
Switch Online’s Expansion Pack tier launched in October alongside a library of Nintendo 64 games. This was met with frustration from some players, due to emulation issues and a lack of features including button mapping.