Nintendo Switch Online: Game Boy and Game Boy Color games coming soon, other confirmations

Nintendo Switch Online: Game Boy and Game Boy Color games coming soon, other confirmations

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Nintendo Switch Online seems destined to also offer Game Boy and Game Boy Color games to subscribers, according to another confirmation of the rumor that is added to the various others that have emerged so far, further corroborating the hypothesis of this interesting additional bonus on Nintendo Switch .

There has been talk for some time (and hopefully, more than anything else) of an increase in platforms foreseen as regards the catalog of classic games offered for free to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers from month to month, and to apparently the arrival of Game Boy and Game Boy Color is near, considering that the information is also confirmed in these hours by, based on an unidentified "source" close to the issue.

The inclusion of the Game Boy and GB Color games had already emerged a few days ago, starting with the insider Nate the Hate and also supported by Nintendo Life, now therefore a third source is added to the chorus, which begins to become convincing.

Currently, Nintendo Switch Online offers a catalog of around 80 NES and 50 SNES games through their respective Nintendo Switch apps, all freely downloadable and playable by Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. After a rather fast start, the updates to the catalog have become less and less frequent, however also characterized by rather bizarre choices, as also demonstrated by the free games of July 2021.

It is still hoped that Nintendo decides to expand substantially the catalogs with the introduction of other platforms, or at least offer something similar to the excellent Virtual Console seen on Wii and Wii U, but for the moment it seems that this is not part of the plans of the company, which could however introduce Game Boy and Game Boy Color soon, perhaps on the occasion of the third anniversary of Nintendo Switch Online, which falls in September.

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Report: Game Boy, Game Boy Color Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch Online

A new report claims that Nintendo is going to add Game Boy and Game Boy Color games to its Nintendo Switch Online service.

This news comes by way of Eurogamer, which corroborates a report from Nintendo Life that games from these two Nintendo handhelds might finally come to the company's online Netflix-like service.

Every SNES Game Coming to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Life reported earlier this week that Nate the Hate podcast host, NateDrake, had revealed that Nintendo might be adding Game Boy and Game Boy Color games to its online catalogue. The publication confirmed this with its own sources, adding that these games could be coming 'really soon.'


Now, Eurogamer writes that its own independent sources say the same. The publication also revealed that its sources say games from other retro platforms are on the table as well.

As noted by Eurogamer, a 2019 datamine by OatmealDome of the NES Switch app revealed that SNES titles would be coming to the service before Nintendo made the official announcement. Nine months after that datamine, SNES games were added to the service.

OatmealDome noted that they had discovered two additional emulator types — Hiyoko and Count. Nintendo Life's report, which has now been corroborated by Eurogamer, mentions that Hiyoko could be the emulator name for Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.

Eurogamer's report indicates that additional retro consoles could be added to Nintendo Switch Online, and perhaps the Count emulator discovered in OatmealDome's datamine is the emulator that these additional consoles (or maybe just one console) will use.

While waiting to see if these games come to Nintendo Switch Online, check out one of the latest game drops for the service in this Super NES: July 2021 game updates trailer. Watch IGN's unboxing of the Nintendo Switch Online SNES controller after that.

Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.