Nintendo Switch Online to get Game Boy titles 'really soon' according to report

Wario waiting for?

Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles could be about to join the Nintendo Switch Online catalogue.

The news comes as part of a report by NintendoLife which states that sources have claimed the handhelds catalogue of games will be added “really soon”. Currently, Nintendo Switch Online membership offers a slowly expanding selection of NES and SNES titles like Super Metroid and Excitebike for subscribers to play. Recent additions have been lambasted as lackluster or forgettable, so the inclusion of titles from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color catalogues would likely be welcome news.

Rumors relating to the handheld titles appearing on the service have been circulating since a datamine in 2019 found several emulator types beyond the available NES and SNES support. Only two unknown emulators (under the codenames Hiyoko and Count) were discovered, which could match up with the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. 

Nintendo Switch online game boy games - Wario Land box image
Wario Land is one of many beloved titles from the Game Boy era. 
© Nintendo

According to the NintendoLife report, Game Boy Advance offerings are far less likely, however, due in part to several companies working on remasters or remakes like Nintendo’s Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which is currently scheduled for a December release date.

If the rumor does pan out to be true, the addition of Game Boy titles would open the way to a plethora of beloved Nintendo titles, including Super Mario Land, Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge, Wario Land, Kirby’s Dream Land,  Donkey Kong, and Bomber Man. In short, plenty to keep subscribers happy for a long while to come.

As with all insider rumors, it’s worth noting that this shouldn’t be taken as fact until officially confirmed by Nintendo. We’ll keep a close eye on announcements from Nintendo regarding Nintendo Switch Online membership in the coming months in case any official information slips out.

Featured image by Luis Quintero.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.


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