Nintendo may very soon add Game Boy and Game Boy Color to Switch Online
Why is it important: Nintendo is gearing up to add Game Boy and Game Boy Color games to its Switch Online subscription service, according to several independent sources. With a three-year anniversary of service in just a couple of weeks, now would be a great time for Nintendo to further add value to their offering.
V Nate the Hate podcast was the first to report developments earlier this week. Nintendo life then stepped in, saying that his sources had confirmed to them that the Game Boy and Game Boy Color games would go on sale “very soon.” Now, Eurogamer said his own sources also confirmed the reports.
On September 18, 2018, Nintendo launched the Switch Online service. In addition to being able to play online, the service provided access to an ongoing and ever-expanding library of Nintendo Entertainment System games. A year later, Nintendo added SNES games to the game.
I was browsing the NES Switch app with @KapuccinoHeck and @ Simon1844… I found four types of emulators:
Kachikachi (NES Classic)
Canoe (SNES Classic)
This could mean two new classic consoles and / or three new consoles for Switch Online.
– OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) January 13, 2019
Also of note is the fact that data miners in 2019 discovered four types of emulation in the NES Switch app: NES and SNES, as well as two unrecorded emulators named Hiyoko and Count. It is believed that Hiyoko may have been an emulator for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color.
So what about this fourth type of emulator? The jury has yet to be decided, but since the Nintendo 64 Classic Edition doesn’t seem to be in use anymore, some are no doubt hoping that the latest great cartridge-based console can fill that slot.