If you own a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite console and have a subscription to Nintendo’s online services, you’ve got free access to an emulator full of classic NES and Super Nintendo games. Consistent with multiple new leaks, Nintendo could also be gearing up to expand its emulated offerings by adding Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.
As with Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has its subscription service that permits users to play games online, providing other perks like access to quite 100 classic NES and SNES games. Nintendo could also be getting to add some Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles as well; the leak first surfaced on the podcast ‘Nate the Hate.’
Following that, Nintendo Life claimed that it’d confirmed the leak with its insiders, reporting that these additional games are going to be available “really soon.” From there, Eurogamer published an identical claim, stating that it, too, has confirmed with its sources that Nintendo has such plans.
However, the Eurogamer report took things a step further, alleging that Nintendo can also add games from “other retro platforms” to its emulator on Switch in the future. The report doesn’t specify which platforms the insiders were about — and like any leaks, it’s possible we won’t see this come to fruition.
Regardless, the signs that Nintendo would eventually add Game Boy titles to its classic game offerings are around for a short time. In 2019, data miners revealed that the Switch’s portal to classic games contains four different emulators. This means that Nintendo was prepared to feature games for other consoles to its Switch online services perk, though the corporate has remained quiet about the speculation.
I was looking through the NES Switch app with @KapuccinoHeck and @Simon1844. I found four emulator types:
Kachikachi (NES Classic)
Canoe (SNES Classic)
This could mean there will be two new Classic consoles and/or three new consoles for Switch Online.
— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) January 13, 2019