Nintendo Switch Online adds Game Boy & Game Boy Advance titles

Game Boy games are coming to the Switch Online library today, and Game Boy Advance games will arrive for Expansion Pack members in the near future.

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It looks like one of the most delightful mobile gaming platforms of all time is coming over to Nintendo Switch Online. Today during its Direct livestream, Nintendo revealed that it would be bringing Game Boy games to Nintendo Switch Online today. Not are some of the games launching today, but more are on the way. That’s not all, though. Game Boy Advance games are also coming and will be available to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers.

The Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games for Nintendo Switch Online were announced during the February 2023 Nintendo Direct. You can see the trailer for the collection’s announcement, initial games, and upcoming Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games just below.

Here are the Game Boy Games that are coming to Nintendo Switch Online today:

  • Tetris
  • Super Mario Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
  • Gargoyle’s Quest
  • Game & Watch Gallery 3
  • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
  • Metroid 2: Return of Samus
  • Wario Land 3
  • Kirby’s Dream Land

What’s more, players can utilize a number of filters, including classic Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, and Game Boy Color to give your favorite looks each classic game. Nintendo also confirmed a number of further Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games on the way:

Game Boy

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons
  • Pokemon: Trading Card Game
  • Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble

Game Boy Advance

  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
  • WariorWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • Fire Emblem
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
  • Golden Sun

If you love your Game Boy games, be sure to check on your Nintendo Switch Online subscription and check out the new titles coming to the Online Library both today and in the months ahead.

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    February 8, 2023 2:55 PM

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      February 8, 2023 4:39 PM

      where TF is super mario land 1?

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        February 8, 2023 5:41 PM

        This ^ Why have 2 available if you don't have 1 available? Sure, 2 is probably the better game, but 1 is a classic and was the only Mario game available on the system for years.

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          February 8, 2023 5:47 PM

          Maybe they're embarrassed by it? It almost looks like a calculator game by comparison, which IMO isn't an excuse but its possible.

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            February 8, 2023 8:11 PM

            Music was great!

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            February 9, 2023 6:29 AM


            A lot of the things in the game feel like a deal where the developers were still trying to get a grip on how to develop for this hardware.

            The severe ghosting the game had on the original broccoli screen is probably because the game’s development started before the hardware was nailed down. Same thing happened with the GBA, and it’s supposedly some launch titles have washed out colors, they looked better on the earlier prototypes.

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      February 8, 2023 4:45 PM

      Subscribing to the Expansion Pack for GBA games is pretty ridiculous - especially seeing how lousy they've been at adding games to the standard library. :/

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      February 8, 2023 4:47 PM

      Oh wow more 30 year old games amazing

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      February 8, 2023 5:06 PM

      Might actually be able to play Four Swords with other people soon!

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      February 8, 2023 5:07 PM

      Donkey Kong '94 or bust

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        February 8, 2023 5:48 PM

        Man those GBA games are good. Its cool that more people will get to play Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, Minish Cap, WARIOWARE, even Golden Sun. This stuff has aged super super well

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          February 8, 2023 7:41 PM

          The GBA stuff might as well be completely modern, except for the GBA's own technical limitations - the often fuzzy sound and comparably low resolution.

          I tend to use an LCD filter with the MiSTer, but there have been some really good megabezel variants for retroarch when it comes to displaying handhelds one a big screen.

          You can go full silly like:

          (he switches to an SP half way through)

          But of course there's more restrained middle ground, too.

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      February 9, 2023 12:43 AM

      should i play super mario world or super mario world: super mario advanced 2 on the switch?

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