Nintendo apparently planning retro games offensive for the Switch

A possible leak sheds light on Nintendo’s latest plans to bring its old classics to the Switch via emulator.

Nintendo’s hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, has enjoyed great popularity since its release. Nintendo fans from the very beginning rave about it just as much as complete newcomers to the colorful world of the Japanese gaming giant. Many users therefore wish they could play the old Game Boy and Game Boy Advance classics on the Switch. Now, hints have surfaced that Nintendo is already working on a solution.

Is Nintendo working on a Game Boy emulator?

Nintendo already launched a retro offensive in the fall of 2021. With the expansion pack for their Nintendo Switch Online service, gamers have since been able to play old N64 games via a subscription. Access to SEGA Mega Drive games is also possible this way. Well-known games that are now also available on the Switch include “Super Mario 64”, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” and “Mario Kart 64”.

A Twitter user has now allegedly discovered files on 4chan that contain conclusions about a Game Boy emulator – including the Game Boy Advance. They would be named Sloop and Hiyoko and would come from Nintendo’s European development department. This would be conclusive in the sense that this department has also developed emulators in the past.

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An emulator is a system that replicates another platform, making it possible to play software from that platform. In this case, it would just map the Gameboy platform and could thus allow access to the old GameBoy games via the Switch.

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How likely is the report?

Of course, this information is by no means certain; Nintendo has not yet commented on its plans. So whether and if so, when we can expect to see old Nintendo classics on the Switch is still uncertain. However, the videos that were initially included in the Twitter post and then removed give a good impression. The fact that the source code points to the aforementioned European development department is also an indication of credibility.


  • Nintendo Life