Nintendo Switch Online – Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulators apparently leaked


Nintendo has been busy with its additions to the Nintendo Switch Online library lately, with the N64 catalog in its pricier expansion pack tier receiving new drops at a fairly steady rate. It seems, however, that more substantial additions are also on the way.

Rumors have claimed since before Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack was even unveiled that Nintendo was planning to add Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games to the service. Although no official announcement followed, leaks claimed that those plans were still in the works.

Now, it looks like the emulators Nintendo plans to use to run these games on the Switch have leaked online. As spotted by Twitter user @trashbandatcoot, emulators called Hiyoko and Sloop – for Game Boy/Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games respectively – have been leaked online, apparently developed by Game Boy’s internal R&D team. Nintendo in Europe.

A bunch of games have apparently been tested, it seems, with the full list of those shared by Twitter user @Mondo_Mega. The list includes tantalizing names, including the likes of Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Castlevania: Aria of Tristesse , Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and much more.

Meanwhile, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald aren’t mentioned in the list, but there still seems to be some evidence that they’ve been tested as well, especially for link cable emulation testing. On the Game Boy/Game Boy Color front, there doesn’t seem to be as much information, although it seems Super Mario Land, Tetris, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX have been spotted.

It’s worth pointing out, of course, that these games have apparently just been used to test the emulator, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be included in any Game Boy/Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance libraries that will be added. on Nintendo Switch Online.

If that does happen, which seems increasingly likely, an official announcement might not be too far away, though it’s hard to be too sure when it comes to Nintendo. It’s also worth considering if some of these new additions (or maybe even all of them) will be part of the expansion pack, or if they’ll all be part of the base subscription tier as well.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details, so stay tuned.


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