Game Boy Advance was an appealing arrival on Wii U Virtual Console(Image: Nintendo)It’s not like emulation must be a technical difficulty, albeit the NVIDIA Tegra architecture of the Switch means Nintendo can not merely discard its 3DS or Wii U emulators onto the newer system without some work and testing. Ah yes, remember the Wii U had GBA games. It was an odd plan, maybe to try and make the Wii U a little bit more preferable as it struggled for sales; you could just buy Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles on the 3DS Virtual Console (aside from the abovementioned Ambassador Games), while the Wii U just had GBA games on the portable front. With Wii U Virtual Console games Nintendo’s own blurb makes a point of highlighting off-TV play on the GamePad, so that obviously is a great match for Switch.
We ‘d bet that titles from all generations of Game Boy could really pop on the Switch screen
There are some enjoyable possibilities distinct to having these old portable titles on Switch, too. In portable the choices are apparent; like with NES and SNES you can provide gamers the possibility to stretch or have pixel-accurate presentation, in addition to filters to have the pea-green or beige look for Game Boy screens. We ‘d wager that titles from all generations of Game Boy might really pop on the Switch screen.
For docked play, perhaps Nintendo could cross the Switch Online streams and have some ‘Super Game Boy’ versions of classics, emulating the results from that popular bit of hardware. It would be creative, it ‘d get attention from retro fans on social media, and would make for some amusing marketing. We’re not saying deny portable gamers of Super Game Boy gain access to, obviously, however it ‘d be fun marketing to joke about it being a TELEVISION version of Game Boy classics.
There ‘d also be the possibility to tie-in with popular franchise anniversaries, too. Pokémon, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda have iconic and popular portable entries on Game Boy and GBA (albeit one has actually been remade currently), which could all raise awareness for other inescapable events and tie-ins on the system. Fond memories combined with anniversaries can be an effective mix.