nintendo promised to repair an annoying bug that appeared in Kirby Chapter 64: Crystal Shards, a Nintendo 64 game available through Nintendo’s online expansion pack subscription. According to NintendoLifethe bug prevents players from moving if hit by certain enemies or objects in the game’s underwater levels. The only way to fix it, according to people who say they’ve encountered the bug, is to quit the level .
The issue appears to be caused by Nintendo’s emulator, as players are reporting that they don’t recall this happening in the original version of the game or other ports (it was available through Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U). In a tweet fridaythe company said a patch to resolve the issue “will be released early next week.”
A bug was found in #Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online which may prevent players from progressing under certain conditions. A hotfix will be released early next week to address this issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 27, 2022
It’s far from Nintendo’s first brush with emulation issues on the Switch. Gamers have complained that some classic games run poorly on the company’s modern console, and in some cases gamers have noticed changes from the original releases. When paper mario, another Nintendo 64 game, arrived on the console, its launch was a bit of a disaster; there have been crashes, lagging complaints, and even save file deletion bug reports.
It doesn’t help people’s moods that Nintendo is marketing its emulator as a premium feature – to get access to NES or SNES games, you need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online, which costs $20 a year. Access to Nintendo 64 games, however, requires a Switch Online subscription. more Expansion Pack, which costs $50 per year (and includes other emulators and DLC access).
Getting games emulated properly is no small feat, and Nintendo isn’t the only one struggling. Sony’s classic PlayStation Plus gaming emulator, intended to run PlayStation 1, 2 and handheld games, has already drawn some complaints, with Digital Foundry calling the current iteration “not good enough”. (Ouch.) People weren’t too thrilled with the emulation capabilities of its PlayStation Classic standalone console, either.