Reports indicate that Nintendo Switch Online is about to receive a whole bunch of new titles. The Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulators for the subscription service have just been leaked, and a huge list of games, including Mario Kart and Golden Sun, are apparently supported.
The news was announced by Twitter user Trash Bandatcoot who noted that several files had recently been leaked on 4Chan, including emulators for Game Boy and Game Boy Advance called Hioyo and Sloop respectively. Both are apparently in development at Nintendo. The leaked files include screenshots of emulators running on the Nintendo Switch.
“Nintendo’s Official Game Boy Advance Emulator for the Nintendo Switch Just Leaked”, Trashbandatcoot noticed. “Now we just have to wait for Nintendo Switch Online to add Game Boy Advance.”
In addition to the screenshots posted by Trashbandatcoot, several videos of the emulators running on the Nintendo Switch have surfaced on Twitter.
Another Twitter user calling himself Mondo Mega noted how the leaked files contain references to a variety of different Game Boy Advance titles, including The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, and Mega Man Battle Network. 2.
“The library of Game Boy Advance games they’ve tested for this thing is huge. ‘Tested’ is the key word. That doesn’t mean they’ll all launch on the service,” Mondo Mega mentioned.
As for the Game Boy, Mondo Mega pointed out that far fewer titles appeared. “Not much to say with Game Boy, though. The version of Hioyo we have here is in a pre-Sloop state. Each game is a separate app and there are only four: Super Mario Land, Link’s Awakening, Tetris and Qix.
While some were quick to accept the news, others were far more skeptical. Some like Twitter user ModernVintageGamer pointed out that references to EZFlash cartridges were found among the leaked files. These have long been used as a means of emulation.
“Nintendo internally recognizing EZFlash cartridges makes me feel this leak”, ModernVintageGamer mentioned. “I don’t think Nintendo developed it at all if it’s real.”
There have been rumors that Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles will be coming to Nintendo Switch Online for several months now. These were traced back to a Nate the Hate video that was released on August 30, 2021. If any of them were to actually be released on the Nintendo Switch, they would join a host of other games for Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis.
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