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Nintendo Switch Online update improves Zelda: Ocarina of Time performance

With the addition of classic N64 Banjo-Kazooie to the Switch Online “Expansion Pack” subscription level, Nintendo has also upgraded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s widespread lag and graphical issues.

This means Ocarina of Time’s “Water Temple” and its abundance of water is a bit more like the original N64 version. More importantly, as YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer (MVG) first spotted, NSO version 1.2 also improves the controller input lag issue that the classic game suffered in the emulator, reducing it to 1-2 frames of 5-6.

MVG outlines positive graphical changes to Ocarina of time in the long video (seen above), mentioning that fog and title lighting still present issues.

I spent the last nights playing Banjo-Kazooie — one of my favorite games from my childhood – and the expansion pack emulation is pretty perfect. I encountered a few lags, but the game runs almost flawlessly on Switch.

While the price of the expansion pack still doesn’t match the number of titles it offers, that’s good news for the subscription tier. With a bit of luck, Majora’s Mask works just as well when it launches next month.

Nintendo’s “Expansion Pack” online tier costs $63.99 for a 12-month individual membership (one account) or $99.99 for a 12-month family membership. Subscription includes Switch Online, SNES, NES, N64 and Sega Genesis games, and Animal Crossing New Horizon’s first paid DLC, Good family paradise.

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Source: Modern Vintage Player