It seems that Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles will soon be available to play via Nintendo Switch Online.
Speculation about Nintendo’s retro handhelds joining the Switch via its online subscription service isn’t new, but a recent podcast from Nate the Hate included reports that it may be quite a bit sooner than we all expected – maybe even as early as this month. On Tuesday, though, Nintendo Life added further legitimacy to the claims by corroborating the report and citing their own sources. And by yesterday, the report had be corroborated yet again by Eurogamer, leaving very little room for argument – this is, indeed, about as close as you can get to confirmed without Nintendo piping up about it.
It makes perfect sense for Nintendo to begin adding handheld games to the subscription service, of course. Not only is the Switch a capable handheld device itself, but the subscription service already supports NES and SNES games, making Game Boy the next logical target before the company begins tackling titles from 3D consoles – though rumors have circulated that could be in the works, too.
As for what games will be included, no one seems to know quite yet. It’s not unreasonable to expect to see some popular first-party stuff among the list, such as the Super Mario Land and Kirby’s Dream Land series, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Metroid II: Return of Samus. Having Tetris be part of the initial drop seems like a no-brainer as well, and though it’s far-fetched, we can all cross our fingers for Pokémon: Red and Blue. There’s also sure to be a mixed bag of third-party games added to bolster the size of the collection.
Sadly, since Nintendo hasn’t shared an official announcement yet, we have no clue as to precisely what we’ll see the first Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles drop for subscribers. Nintendo Switch Online turns three years old on September 18, so that’s certainly a date to keep an eye on. Either way, with the news leaking out and the month well underway, chances are we’ll get some confirmation relatively soon.