Details on Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulators for the Nintendo Switch has reportedly leaked online, alongside a long list of games that have allegedly been tested on the software.
As spotted by Twitter user Trashbandatcoot, files containing emulators in development by Nintendo Europe Research and Development originally leaked onto 4Chan under the code names of Hioyo for Game Boy software and Sloop for Game Boy Advance emulation. Another Twitter user by the name of RatgorlHunter uploaded alleged camera footage of the emulators booting up and running on Switch, although their account has since been deleted.
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
On top of that, Pokemon and gaming leaks account PoryLeeks told Kotaku that the emulator only works on a Switch dev kit currently. As for the games that could be emulated on the software, dozens of titles have been tested so far and include a number of classic Nintendo games and hidden gems. The leaked list spotted by VGC includes:
Astro Boy: Omega FactorCar Battler JoeCastlevania: Aira of SorrowCastlevania: Circle of the MoonChuChu Rocket!Drill DozerFire Emblem: The Sacred StonesF-Zero: Maximum VelocityGame & Watch Gallery 4Golden SunGolden Sun: The Lost AgeGunstar Super HeroesHarvest Moon: Friends of Mineral TownKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKirby and the Amazing MirrorKoro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu!Kuru Kuru KururinLufia: The Ruins of LoreMario & Luigi: Superstar SagaMario Golf. Advance TourMario Kart Super CircuitMario Party AdvanceMario Tennis: Power TourMario vs. Donkey KongMega Man Battle Network 5: Team ProtoManMega Man Battle Network 2Mega Man Zero 3Metroid FusionMetroid: Zero MissionDriller 2Ninja Five-OPokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamPokemon Pinball: Ruby & SapphireSuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3Super Robot Taisen: Original GenerationTactics Ogre: The Knight of LodisWario Land 4WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Rumors of a Game Boy and Game Boy Advance virtual console for the Switch began making the rounds last year, although Nintendo has yet to confirm its existence. The Switch currently has several retro consoles and games available on it–NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and N64–as part of Nintendo’s regular and premium subscription services. A Game Boy virtual console was previously available on the Nintendo 3DS, although the Game Boy Advance has received much less exposure over the years after it was replaced by the Nintendo DS.
While 10 games were made available when the handheld console first launched as part of a 3DS ambassadors program and a GBA virtual console was available on the Wii U, the best option to play GBA titles with more modern hardware has been through enthusiast devices such as the handheld Analog Pocket or Hyperkin’s console that can plug directly into your TV–If you still have the original carts, that is.
Web Source: GameSpot – Game News