Fans of traditional Pokemon games are wondering if there will be Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games added to the Nintendo Switch Online catalog.
Nintendo has announced that over a dozen Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles are already available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, so fans are naturally curious if there are Pokemon titles ready to play.
The popular Pokemon franchise made its debut on Nintendo's portable system, and its games are considered as top-tier experiences in each platform's catalog. This week, we'll answer one of the most frequently asked questions: can you play classic Pokemon games on Nintendo Switch Online?
Is it possible to play classic Pokemon games on Nintendo Switch Online?
No, you can't yet play classic Pokemon games on Nintendo Switch Online, which is a brief and dismal answer.
NSO subscribers have access to nine Game Boy titles, including titles like The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, Metroid 2: Return of Samus, and Kirby's Dream Land.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game will be available at a later date during Wednesday's Nintendo Direct.
There are titles in the Game Boy Advance catalog such as Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, but there is no sign of any Pokemon adventures.
Classic Pokemon games may not be available on Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions, but the Pokemon Company has an exciting opportunity to make an official announcement on February 27, also known as Pokemon Day.
Fans are holding their hopes high since the only way to get Pokemon Red or Pokemon Gold is via the Nintendo 3DS eShop, which will no longer exist on March 27.
NSO instructions for Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games
Here's all you need to know about the Game Boy content for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
The basic subscription package includes NES and SNES games from an expanding catalog, online multiplayer, cloud saves, voice chat, and more.
The Game Boy Advance catalog, on the other hand, is only available to subscribers who have purchased the NSO+ Expansion Pack, which includes everything that the basic subscription includes, as well as a collection of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. The paid DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is also included in the Expansion Pack.
If any of the classic Pokemon games make it to the Nintendo Switch Online service, we'll make sure to update this information.
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