The rumors surrounding Game Boy and Game Boy Color games coming to Nintendo Switch Online have been corroborated by new sources, making it seem likely that a retro handheld library will be coming to Nintendo Switch soon. For some time, speculation has grown that Nintendo would soon add Game Boy or Nintendo 64 games to Nintendo Switch Online, as it currently only offers NES and SNES titles.
Nintendo Switch Online’s competitors hand out free games every month to subscribers, with most of them being newer titles. While Xbox Live Gold occasionally gives out original Xbox titles, most of the games on offer are contemporary. Nintendo’s tactic has been to instead offer a curated selection of retro titles, the bulk of which are first-party games. These NES and SNES titles on Nintendo Switch Online consist of some of the most important video games ever made, like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Super Metroid. Nintendo added SNES games to the service in 2019, but no new systems have been added since.
Not long after the rumors about Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on Nintendo Switch Online first spread, that information has since been corroborated by Eurogamer, making the original leak seem all the more credible. This information should still be treated as a rumor for the time being, though – Nintendo has yet to make any official announcements about anything beyond NES and SNES games coming to NSO.
However, there have also been rumors that a Nintendo Direct is coming in September, which seems like a safe bet. Nintendo has been holding events in September for the past few years, and the timing of the rumored Direct matches up to the period when most annual subscriptions are due for renewal. Nintendo Switch Online first launched in September 2018, so subscribers who don’t have auto-renew enabled will have to choose between buying another year or canceling soon. If Game Boy and Game Boy Color games are coming to NSO, then that information will likely be announced in this month’s Nintendo Direct.
It’s looking increasingly probably that Game Boy games are coming to Nintendo Switch overall. It’s still unclear which titles will be coming or if Nintendo will include either of the first two generations of Pokémon games, which would easily be the biggest draw. If Nintendo follows the pattern it used with the NES and SNES, then there will likely be a strong initial line-up of 10 to 20 games at the start, with more titles gradually released over time. Nintendo Switch Online has been in desperate need of more retro games, and it’s surprising Nintendo never added any in 2020. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color saw some incredible titles in their day, so their presence would be more than welcome on Nintendo Switch.