First a podcast said it, and then Nintendo Life sources said it would be “really soon.” Now, Eurogamer is corroborating based upon its sources that Game Boy and Game Boy Color games are coming to Nintendo Switch Online, and it vaguely adds that “other retro platforms” are also planned.
No indication is given of what those additional platforms might be (presuming the reporting is accurate), but the possibilities are vast, considering Nintendo’s Virtual Console was at one point also home to (depending on region) Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Neo Geo AES, Commodore 64, and MSX games. Of course, Nintendo Switch Online at present only offers NES and SNES games, 107 in total for the North America region, and if it’s adding Game Boy and Game Boy Color games next, then it stands to reason either Nintendo 64 or Game Boy Advance would be the next “retro” platform.
Fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the games Nintendo is selecting for Switch Online, as it scrapes up some particularly odd and forgotten choices from the NES and SNES libraries instead of expanding to other consoles like Game Boy or Nintendo 64 (or just giving people freakin’ EarthBound from SNES). The addition of Game Boy games would be a chance to rectify this, though people are already wishing that Game Boy Advance games would come along for the ride, since it has such a robust library.
Personally, I never subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online unless I’ve been given a gift card or have an online game to review, because I think its value is so low for me, so I’m not terribly concerned about what retro platform is coming next. But we’re likely to hear about Game Boy soon, since a Nintendo Direct is heavily suspected to occur this month.