Rumor mill: This week, data miners uncovered emulators that Nintendo allegedly uses to test dozens of Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games for the Switch. The leak confirms last year’s rumors that classic handheld games are coming soon to Nintendo’s subscription service.
On Monday, information about Game Boy and GBA emulators in development was leaked to 4chan. According to Twitter users, Trash Bandatcoot and Oatmeal Dome both came from Switch consoles and were developed by Nintendo Europe Research & Development. Last September, it became known that games for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color would appear on Nintendo Online. Until this week, however, nothing came of those reports.
So, Nintendo’s official Game Boy Advance emulator for the Nintendo Switch has just been leaked. Now it remains to wait for the NSO to add the GBA. pic.twitter.com/mEJcKrRtzL
— Trash_Bandatcoot (@trashbandatcoot) April 18, 2022
The leak names more than two dozen games being tested on Sloop, the GBA emulator. Notable entries include Metroid Fusion, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Wario Land 4, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, WarioWare Inc: Minigame Mania, Gunstar Super Heroes, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Astro Boy: Omega. Factor and the first two Golden Sun games. Trash Bandatcoot stressed out not on the list indicate Which games are eligible for Nintendo Online.
The leaked Game Boy emulator, Hiyoko, is from a very old build, likely representing early development. His age may be the reason why he only plays four games: Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Qix, and Tetris. However, the emulator supports multiplayer mode to mimic the connector cable of the original Game Boy. Oatmeal Dome First disclosed Hiyoko in 2019 while collecting data on the NES app on the Switch.
Traces left in the code indicate that the GBA emulator is being developed jointly by Nintendo Europe Research and Development (NERD) and Panasonic Vietnam.
NERD was responsible for emulation in Super Mario 3D All Stars, NSO and Mini consoles.
— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) April 18, 2022
Twitter user Ratgorl Hunter on Monday posted footage of both emulators running on the Switch. This account has since disappeared, but the tweet archives are still In stock. PoryLeeks – Pokemon Data Miner said Kotaku that emulators only work with Switch dev kits. also tweeted that Nintendo is posting tweets about removing emulators, which would reinforce the credibility of these leaks.
Twitter user Ratgorl Hunter on Monday posted footage of both emulators running on the Switch. This account has since disappeared, but the tweet archives are still In stock. PoryLeeks, a Pokémon data mining specialist, told Kotaku that emulators are only Work in Switch Developer Kits. PoryLeeks also tweeted that Nintendo is posting tweets about emulators. removedwhich would strengthen the veracity of these leaks.