In case you missed it, the Nintendo Switch could possibly be adding Game Boy titles to its online service in the near future.
Following on from the initial “leak”, a list of games apparently being tested for the service has now been shared online by Twitter user and dataminer MondoMega. The games highlighted in yellow in the list below have supposedly been in the ROM folder “at some point” but have not appeared in the leaked build of the Game Boy Advance emulator codenamed “Sloop”.
The same source also explains how these games have only been “tested”. In other words, there’s no guarantee all of them will necessarily receive a release in the future – even if a GBA service is announced.
As you can see, there are all sorts of GBA classics mentioned such as The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, and the fantastic Golden Sun games.
@Mondo_Mega – “The library of GBA games they’ve tested for this thing is massive. Tested is the key word; doesn’t mean they’ll all actually launch on the service. Yellow = in the rom folder at some point but not in the leaked build. There’s one other game with evidence of being tested though-“
The same source also revealed Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald link cable emulation “testing” has likely taken place:
“There are multiple screenshots of different berry tag screens from Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald saved in the emulator; most likely taken during link cable emulation testing.”
While there’s not quite as much to talk about the Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulation – codenamed “Hiyoko”, GBC titles will apparently run as separate apps. The ones spotted so far include Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, Tetris and Qix.
“Not much to talk about with GB(C) though. The build of Hiyoko we have here is in an earlier state than Sloop; each game is a seperate app and there’s only four of them: Super Mario Land, Link’s Awakening DX, Tetris, Qix”
Game Boy emulators for Switch were first discovered in a datamine in 2019, following on from various reports last year about Nintendo’s classic handheld libraries coming to Switch’s online service at some point in the future.
If we hear any other developments, we’ll be sure to let you know.