Talking Point: Surely Its Time For Game Boy On Nintendo Switch Online? – Nintendo Life

Game Boy SwitchGame Boy Switch © Nintendo Life Whenever Nintendo Switch Online shows up as a topic, it’s typically individuals demanding to know why Nintendo 64 and GameCube titles haven’t gotten here, or a laugh at another trailer reupload getting downvoted to oblivion. In spite of Nintendo packaging lots of retro games and some exclusive ’99’ titles with the service, and with alternatives to get a year’s gain access to really cheaply with the household pass in specific, it’s often compared unfavourably with competing services from Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo, it should be stated, isn’t the sort of company to be overly humane in terms of handing out material, even when we’re paying admittedly small sums for it, but the dispute around Switch Online can get rather spirited. It’s likewise worth explaining not everyone believes we should get a bunch of N64 and GameCube classics through the service, some just desire the possibility to buy the video games. One hope for the service that doesn’t come up often is for timeless portable titles, which is weird as the Switch is a portable that happens to dock with a TV.

We’re talking, naturally, about Game Boy – and, if we’re being greedy, Game Boy Advance. From a personal point of view, I didn’t have either system maturing, so playing a few of these titles on the 3DS was an eye-opener, albeit GBA on the system was restricted to the ‘Ambassador Program’. Undoubtedly there’ll be a variety of Switch owners, among the 10s of millions out there worldwide, that have not experienced these classics either?

Game Boy Advance was an intriguing arrival on Wii U Virtual Console
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.

Nintendo Switch Online Multiplayer © Nintendo As we’re in a post-Virtual Console age, we likely are close to the point when Nintendo enhances and enhances Switch Online, at least to some degree. There’s been movement in making My Nintendo a bit preferred too, though our expectations need to also be kept in check. Nintendo, quite like Sony and Microsoft, tend to be fairly cautious when ‘winning’ in a generation, prior to reacting and attempting bold relocations when on the back foot. Nintendo is undoubtedly winning today, which means grand gestures and surprises have actually been reasonably uncommon, in recent times at least.

Considering the capabilities of the hardware, though, it ought to be an easy task to provide us the very best of Game Boy and Game Boy Advance on the Switch, and I for one would be delighted about revisiting them.

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We’re talking, of course, about Game Boy – and, if we’re being greedy, Game Boy Advance. Game Boy Advance was an appealing arrival on Wii U Virtual Console(Image: Nintendo)It’s not like emulation ought to be a technical hardship, albeit the NVIDIA Tegra architecture of the Switch ways Nintendo can not just dispose its 3DS or Wii U emulators onto the newer system without some work and testing. It was an odd arrangement, possibly to attempt and make the Wii U a bit more desirable as it struggled for sales; you might only 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. In handheld the options are obvious; like with NES and SNES you can provide players the opportunity to stretch or have pixel-accurate presentation, along with filters to have the pea-green or beige look for Game Boy screens. For docked play, possibly Nintendo could cross the Switch Online streams and have some ‘Super Game Boy’ versions of classics, replicating the impacts from that famous bit of hardware.

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