A leak on the 4Chan site has just revealed the upcoming arrival of Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games in the Nintendo Switch Online catalog.
Nintendo’s subscription has only grown richer in recent months, and this time it’s the games’ turn game boy and gameboy advance to make their arrival on the service offered by the Japanese manufacturer. Four small files leaked yesterday on the 4Chan platform, and a Twitter user has already found out what’s going on: Nintendo has developed a Gameboy emulator for its hybrid console.
So Nintendo’s official Game Boy Advance emulator for the Nintendo Switch just leaked. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for NSO to add GBA. pic.twitter.com/mEJcKrRtzL
— Trash_Bandatcoot (@trashbandatcoot) April 18, 2022
It is the French branch of Nintendo known as “NERD” for Nintendo Europe Research and Development who took care of the creation of this emulator based on the data analyzed by Trashbandatcoot on Twitter. As a reminder, this subsidiary based in Paris is notably origin of the stereoscopic screen of the 3DS and the Virtual Console DS of the Wii U.
Bearing the sweet names of Hioyo and Sloop, these two emulators allow the Switch to run Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games respectively.
An already complete collection
The leak reveals some titles that have been tested on emulators, such as Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire or Mario Kart Super Circuit. The complete list of games tested by NERD present in the application allows you to have a taste of the games that could potentially be included in the emulator once it is made official and put online by Nintendo.
There are big names like Golden Sun, Fire Emblem Sacred Stones, Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga or even The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.
The library of GBA games they’ve tested for this thing is massive. Tested is the key word; doesn’t mean they’ll all actually launch on the service. Yellow = in the rom folder at some point but not in the leaked build.
— MondoMega (@Mondo_Mega) April 18, 2022
Even more surprising, the team in charge of the creation of the emulator seems to have been inspired by a pirate cartridge of the Gameboy Advance, the EZ Flash, for the construction of their application. When we know the intransigent point of view of Nintendo on the piracy of its games and its consoles, this element left in the files makes the regulars of homebrew and other home modifications laugh.
Nintendo internally acknowledging EZFlash cartridges make this leak feel off to me. I don’t think Nintendo developed it at all if it’s real pic.twitter.com/GBNtBtgWHj
— MVG (@ModernVintageG) April 18, 2022
The few users who have managed to run both emulators describe them as still unstable but functional. Thereby, the long-awaited arrival of Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games on the Nintendo Switch should not be long in coming.