It’s no secret that Nintendo’s huge back catalog is among the most untapped troves in modern gaming. But soon it’s becoming a little less untapped, as games from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color library are apparently scheduled to join the Nintendo Switch Online, Eurogamer reports.
Nintendo Switch Online– or, as it is known by its scientific term, Game Pass For Really Old Games (GPFROG) – gives players access to more than 100 games from NES and SNES, including Super Metroid, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You must also sign up for the service if you want to play some more modern games online. A subscription costs $ 4 a month or $ 20 per year.
Whispers about the addition of Game Boy games began swirling earlier this week on one episode of Nate the Hate podcast. On Tuesday, Nintendo Life, with its own sources, confirmed the podcast report. And so, this morning, Eurogamer confirmed Nintendo Lifeis confirmation of the report. So yes, it seems quite likely that we will be playing some kind of original Game Boy game via Switch as soon as this month.
That said, the exact date is unclear. Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment Kotaku.
Adding original Game Boy games to the Switch Online directory is a natural next step for the service. Originally it started with just a handful of NES games. Over the years, it has added more games from that platform, and then, in 2019, add a bunch from SNES. The service turns three years old on 18 September.
So according to my math, if Nintendo continues to go down its hardware chronologically, it will only be … 76 years until I can play Kirby Air Ride on my switch. Hi, who knows! Then maybe I will play it further 4K switch.