Will the Nintendo Switch Online service include Game Boy games?

Will the Nintendo Switch Online service include Game Boy games?

Tech Highlights:

  • Several sources, like NateDrake and Eurogamer news editor Tom Philips, are now claiming that Game Boy titles are still in the works for the service. Philips claims to have learned about Game Boy games from the same people who told him about the N64 and Genesis.

  • Several speculations have surfaced in recent weeks claiming that Game Boy titles will be coming to Nintendo Switch Online. Multiple sources, including insider NateDrake, have confirmed the rumour. Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles were disclosed as part of a higher-priced tier for Nintendo Switch Online at the Nintendo Direct, however Game Boy games were not mentioned.

“Fwiw, N64 and Mega Drive were the two NSO platforms I’d heard about alongside Game Boy/Color. I’d imagine N64/Mega Drive are being rolled out first as they’re more enticing things to prompt people to upgrade,” Philips wrote on Twitter.

“I would anticipate that Game Boy and Game Boy Color are part of the current Nintendo Switch Online service and they [Nintendo] didn’t want to conflate the two,” NateDrake said in a recent episode of Nate the Hate.

It’s certainly possible that Nintendo decided to focus on Genesis and Nintendo 64 because those consoles are bigger draws for viewers. NateDrake seems to have a different theory, though: the insider believes that these games might be coming to the standard price tier for Nintendo Switch Online, and Nintendo might not have wanted to confuse viewers about what options are included in each pricing structure. If that is the case, that would likely come as welcome news to those that don’t think it’s worth upgrading from the current tier.

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