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Nintendo Switch Online Adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance Games

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Nintendo has announced that it is adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games to the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, and they're coming later today.

Revealed as part of today's Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo said that classic Game Boy games will be available as part of the basic Nintendo Switch Online subscription, while Game Boy Advance games are coming as part of the premium Expansion Pack upgrade for Switch Online.

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Game Boy games included at launch include Tetris, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, Gargoyle's Quest, Game & Watch Gallery 3, Alonme in the Dark: The New Nightmare, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Wario Land 3, and Kirby's Dream Land. You can use the Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, and Game Boy Color filters.

The launch lineup for Game Boy Advance includes Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGames, Kuru Kuru Kuruin, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.

More games are coming in the future for both platforms. The trailer teased: Metroid Fusion, Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, Fire Emblem, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, and Golden Sun.

The Expansion Pack for Nintendo Switch Online launched last October, and made N64 and Sega Genesis games available for subscribers. Its launch wasn't the smoothest in gaming history with players reporting lag while playing the classic games, but those games did at least play at 60Hz in all territories.

Improvements have since been made, and the library has also expanded to include The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Game Boy games only add to the library of nostalgia.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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