Reports indicate that Nintendo Switch Online is about to receive a bunch of new titles. Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulators for the subscription service have just leaked and apparently support a huge list of games, including Mario Kart and Golden Sun.
The news was broken by Twitter user Trash Bandatcoot, who noted that several files had recently been leaked on 4Chan, including emulators for the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance called Hioyo and Sloop, respectively. Both are apparently in development at Nintendo. The leaked files include screenshots of the emulators running on the Nintendo Switch.
“Nintendo’s official Game Boy Advance emulator for Nintendo Switch has just been leaked,” Trashbandatcoot commented. “Now it’s just a matter of waiting for Nintendo Switch Online to add Game Boy Advance.”
In addition to the screenshots posted by Trashbandatcoot, several videos of emulators running on Nintendo Switch have appeared on Twitter.
Another user on Twitter who goes by 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. two.
“The library of Game Boy Advance games that they have tested for this is huge. ‘Tested’ is the key word. It does not mean that all will be released on the service”, Mondo Mega saying.
As for the Game Boy, Mondo Mega noted that far fewer titles have come to light. “However, there is not much to talk about with Game Boy. The Hioyo build 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 much more skeptical. Some like Twitter user ModernVintageGamer pointed out that references to EZFlash cartridges have been found among the leaked files. These have long been used as a means of emulation.
“Nintendo internally recognizes EZFlash cartridges and this leak makes me feel bad”, ModernVintageGamer saying. “I don’t think Nintendo developed it at all if it’s real.”
There have been rumors of Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles coming to Nintendo Switch Online for several months now. These date back to a Nate the Hate video that came out on August 30, 2021. If any of these were to be released on the Nintendo Switch, they would join a host of other games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis.
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