Game Boy Games on Switch | Full List, Pokemon & What’s Next

The Nintendo Switch Online subscription just keeps getting better as both Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games are added to the service. Nintendo has looked to its previous handhelds to make its current one as good as possible. Nothing beats a little nostalgia, right?

After the Nintendo Direct presentation on February 8th, Game Boy games on Switch were in the shadow of fans. Finally, Big N listened and added the classic console to its ever-growing Switch Online and Expansion Pack subscriptions.

When playing Game Boy games on the Switch, you can choose between Game Boy, Pocket, and Color screen filters for an authentic experience. For both the Game Boy and GBA games that allow it, you can also play online multiplayer with players on your friends list.

Read below for the full list of Game Boy games on Switch, the GBA games you can play, what other games will be released later, and how to play them all.

How to Play Game Boy and Game Boy Advance Games on Switch

In order to play Game Boy games on Switch, you must be an active Nintendo Switch Online subscriber. You can only play GBA games on Switch if you are an active subscriber to the more expensive Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.

This means you need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online and/or the expansion pack if you haven’t already.

Like other classic games on the Switch, you don’t download individual titles. Just go to the Switch eShop and find the Game Boy and GBA Console download file. Once you find them, you can just install them. You should also be able to do this from the Go online tab in the home menu.

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Complete list of Game Boy games for Switch

The full list of current Game Boy games for Switch is as follows:

  • Super Mario Land 2 – 6 gold coins
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
  • Game & Watch Gallery 3
  • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
  • Metroid II – Return of Samus
  • Wario Land 3
  • Kirby’s Dreamland
  • tetris

Complete list of Game Boy Advance games for Switch

The full list of current Game Boy Advance games for Switch is as follows:

  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 (with exclusive e-reader levels)
  • WarioWare, Inc: Minigame Mania
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

What Game Boy games are coming alongside Switch?

The lists above represent the games currently playable on the Nintendo Switch as part of online and expansion pack memberships. Nintendo has confirmed that more games for Game Boy and GBA are on the way and will release them over time.

As of this writing, Nintendo has confirmed that the following Game Boy games will be added to Switch Online:

  • Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble
  • Pokémon trading card game
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of the Seasons

Nintendo has also confirmed that the following Game Boy Advance games will be added to the Switch Online Expansion Pack:

  • fire sign
  • F-Zero maximum speed
  • Golden Sun
  • Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
  • Metroid Fusion

Are Pokémon Game Boy games coming to Switch?

Rumor has it that Game Freak will be announcing classic Pokémon games for Switch Online on Pokémon Day (that’s Monday February 27th), so let’s keep our fingers crossed for generations one through three on your Switch soon.

We’d particularly love to have Pokémon Gold and Silver there, since they never got a Switch remake, but it’s worth keeping our expectations in check as everything is rumor at this point. For now, don’t forget to check out our list of the best Pokémon games for Switch.

We will update this page with new game announcements as they become available. So bookmark it if you want a one-stop shop for a list of every Game Boy game on Nintendo Switch. If only DS and GameCube games were also on Switch Online.

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