Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles may show up on Nintendo Switch Online soon
Back in 2019 there were news reports in regard to four emulator types discovered in source code for the NES Switch app. These emulators were called Kachikachi, Canoe, Hiyoko, and Count. Kachikachi was linked to the NES Classic while Canoe was associated with the SNES Classic console, leaving the latter two emulators as mysterious unknowns. However, in a recent and long conversation about a future Nintendo Switch Online update, Nate the Hate and Modern Vintage Gamer (MVG) seem to be convinced that Hiyoko will be for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.
The speculation from the two content creators, that the Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) service will soon offer Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles, has seemingly been backed up by a source talking to Nintendo Life. Both sets of sources are certain that this update is coming soon and will leave NSO users with the opportunity to relish in playing some of Nintendo’s legacy titles. Some of the old but still wonderful games that have been mentioned in connection with this exciting rumor include Donkey Kong 94, the original The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, and Mario Golf.
If the commenters and other sources are correct about Hiyoko being the emulator for Game Boy (GB) and Game Boy Color (GBC) games, that still leaves Count high and dry. The podcasters speculate that this could be possibly for the Nintendo 64 or even Game & Watch titles for those who want to go even further down memory lane than the stops for the GB and GBC handheld consoles. One glaring omission here is the Game Boy Advance, which has a huge range of classic games just ready to thrill Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, with a suggestion that GBA inclusion could turn up at some point next year.
I was looking through the NES Switch app with @KapuccinoHeck and @Simon1844. I found four emulator types:— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) January 13, 2019
Kachikachi (NES Classic)
Canoe (SNES Classic)
This could mean there will be two new Classic consoles and/or three new consoles for Switch Online.