If you’re one of those nostalgic people who get excited about products like the Analogue Pocket, sit down. Everything seems to indicate that Nintendo is preparing the ground for the Nintendo Switch, its flagship console, is able to emulate Game Boy gamesthe laptop that marked an era in both the 90s and the early 2000s.
The origin of the information is the famous 4chan forum, where a series of files have been released that make up the aforementioned Game Boy and GBA emulators. These emulators, whose codenames are “Hyoko” (Game Boy) and “sloop” (Game Boy Advance), were co-developed by NERDacronyms referring to Nintendo European Research & Development, a division of the company that has also developed other emulators for Nintendo Switch.
The Twitter account @trashbandatcoot makes sure that both emulators are even functional except for a few bugs. Also: he posted some screenshots of various Game Boy Advance titles working normally using the aforementioned emulator for Nintendo Switch.
The aforementioned user has also Has published a list with the games found in the emulatorr of Game Boy Advance (Sloop) and which, therefore, could be available once Nintendo formalizes this new emulator for Switch. As well mention four other titles found on the Game Boy emulator (Hiyoko).
Game Boy Advance (GBA) games found in Sloop emulator
- Astro Boy: Omega Factor
- Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
- Drilling bulldozer
- F-Zero: maximum speed
- Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones
- Games and Watches Gallery 4
- golden sun
- Golden Sun: The Lost Age
- Gunstar Super Hero
- Kirby and the Incredible Mirror
- Kuru Kuru Kururin
- Mario & Luigi: The Superstar Saga
- Mario Golf: Advanced Tour
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Mario Tennis: Guided Tour
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- Mega Man 2 Battle Network
- Mega Man Zero 3
- Metroid Fusion
- Mission Zero Metroid
- Mr Driller 2
- Ninja Five-O
- pokemon pinball
- Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
- Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation
- Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
- Earth Wario 4
- WarioWare Inc: Minigame Mania
- Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Game Boy Games Found in Hiyoko Emulator for Nintendo Switch
- Super Mario Land
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
When will these emulators be available on Nintendo Switch?
For the time being, it’s unclear when or how Nintendo might release these emulators for its flagship console, the Nintendo Switch. However, looking at the company’s strategy, everything suggests that these products will be part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, like other previous console emulators.
Nintendo Switch Online is available in two different plans: the standard option, which allows the multiplayer in addition to an additional supplement; and the option with expansion packs, which adds some DLC for Nintendo titles (such as Animal Crossing or Mario Kart) to online connectivity. This latest pack also offers the ability to play some N64 titles through an emulator. It wouldn’t be surprising, then, if the Game Boy and GBA emulators followed this same path and were only available to Nintendo Switch Online’s top-tier subscribers.