How to Play Game Boy Games on Your Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch has a great catalog of classic games. Here we tell you how to play the most iconic titles of the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.

The Nintendo Switch has a host of unique and fun games. However, they are not the only ones we can play. In addition to having a large exclusive catalog, it also has the ability to play some titles from past generations , such as Nintendo 64, NES, SNES and more. Today, we are going to tell you how to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance titles from your Nintendo Switch.

Of course, you need a Nintendo Switch with an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online or Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack . Otherwise you will not be able to access the titles. The reason is that Nintendo reserves its emulators and old games for subscribers to its online gaming service. On the other hand, the benefit is that they offer us a whole library of titles at no additional cost.

Also, the required subscription varies depending on the console you want to emulate . For Game Boy and Game Boy Color, you just need to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber. If you want to play Game Boy Advance titles, things change, and you must subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

If you are already subscribed to any of the services, you can continue with this guide on how to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Advance titles on your Nintendo Switch.

How to Download Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance Games on the Nintendo Switch

The process for downloading Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games on your Nintendo Switch is fairly simple and straightforward. Just do the following :

First step . In the home menu of your Nintendo Switch, look for the Nintendo Switch Online icon.

Second step . Within this new menu, look for the NES, Super NES, Game Boy… option on the left sidebar of the screen. You will automatically see the different emulation options available.

Third step . Tap on the option you want to download first, either Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Advance.

Fourth step . On the new screen Nintendo tells you a bit about the game collection and how to get started with the emulator. Tap the Free Download button at the bottom to go to the Nintendo eShop and download the emulator to your console.

Fifth step . Once downloaded, you’ll find the program in the home menu of your Nintendo Switch, just like any other installed title. Open it and you can immediately start playing the titles that Nintendo has selected for you.

Extra step for those who want to play Game Boy Color . In the case of this console, the games come bundled with the regular Game Boy emulator, so you won’t find a separate program on the eShop. However, to give color to your games you just have to do something very simple.

  1. Enter the Game Boy program.
  2. Now, select the nut icon in the lower left corner, above the red sidebar.
  3. In this section, choose whether you want to run the games in Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, or Game Boy Color mode. The latter will give the titles color, while the other two will keep them in the classic green color of the old screens.
  4. Also, in this same menu there are more options that you can tweak to give your games an older or more modern look, depending on your preference.

Game Boy and Game Boy Color games

  • Tetris
  • Super Mario Land 2 – 6 Golden 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
  • warioland 3
  • Kirby’s Dream Land

Coming to Nintendo Switch soon…

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

gameboy advance games

  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minishcap

Coming to Nintendo Switch soon…

  • Metroid Fusion
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
  • Fire Emblem
  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity


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