We all know how much Ninty love their streaming service, and the news that Gameboy Switch Online games could be joining their retro repertoire has us all excited!
Sources (and not the condiment kind) have spoken to Nintendo Life to confirm that DMG and GBC games are ‘likely’ to be added ‘really soon’ to the popular streaming service.
This, I think we can all agree is huge news.
Having classic Nintendo handheld titles on their hybrid gaming machine would be incredible, especially if they received a little polishing and were easier to play.
The Switch Online platform launched back in 2018 with 20 classic NES titles. Today, that library consists of 88 NES titles and 56 SNES games globally…
… and with Gameboy Switch Online soon to become a reality, that number is about to get a whole lot bigger!
What We Know About The Gameboy Switch Online Update
As always with confirmed news and rumours, the information came from a spot of datamining.
A user called OatmealDome found reference to four emulators hidden within the NES Switch Online app.
These are (drum roll) – Kachikachi, Canoe, Hiyoko and Count.
We know the first two are linked to the NES Mini and SNES Mini consoles, and it looks like Hiyoko and Count are to be used for the DMG and GBC respectively.
Does that mean we’re going to see a GameBoy Mini too? Give me a minute while I lay down…
What’s The Word From Nintendo?
As well all know, the last update on the Switch Online platform was July 28. With Christmas looming on the horizon and Nintendo looking to shift even more units, it wouldn’t be out of the question for them to officially drop the news about a Switch Online update within the next month or so.
We know for a fact that Nintendo are actively looking to add other consoles to their online service. Heck, that’s why they’re continually cracking down on ROM sites, after all.
So, why not make the Gameboy Switch Online platform the next one on the list!
When asked about the next consoles to be added to the service back in 2019, Nintendo answered that they couldn’t tell us which hardware would come first, but that they were continually looking to improve the service.
So, first the best Gameboy games, and then the best N64 games?
We can dream!
Look, we all know how these things go. Rumours are often rumours, but this time, it all feels a lot more legit.
Nintendo Life have some pretty reliable sources, and they wouldn’t broadcast this kind of stuff if they didn’t have some confidence that the rumours were true.
I guess only time will tell, but we’re feeling confident. I mean, the prospect of playing Killer Instinct and Pokemon Gold on the Switch while sitting on the tube has us too excited not it would be stupid not to feel hopeful.
Nintendo, don’t you dare go breaking our hearts now!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.