Nintendo Switch Online Celebrates the Game Boy’s 35th Anniversary

Nintendo has released three new Game Boy titles for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and they’re all part of the console’s original launch lineup from way back in 1989.

Since Game Boy games first started making their way to the service back in February last year, several titles from the illustrious handheld’s library have been added to the service, but these three have been specially selected to commemorate the Game Boy’s 35th birthday.

The first is, of course, none other than Super Mario Land, an iconic (if somewhat strange) Mario platformer that features not only sidescrolling platforming, but also R-Type-style shooter stages.Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the followup to the original Super Mario Land (and the game in which we were first introduced to Wario), has been available on Nintendo Switch Online since February last year, but the first game hasn’t been available on the service until now.

The second game will be familiar if you’ve ever played Breakout. It’s Alleyway, a pretty unashamed Breakout clone co-developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems, the studio that would go on to develop Fire Emblem and WarioWare, among many others.

Finally, Nintendo Switch Online now plays host to Baseball, another one of the Game Boy’s launch titles and a pretty modest interpretation of the great sport. Hey, we’re in the early days of handheld gaming here!

You can check out the aforementioned games in action right here via the latest Nintendo Switch Online Game Boy trailer. These games join a lineup that also includes not only games like Super Mario Land 2 and Capcom’s The Legend of Zelda: Oracle games, but also NES titles like Kid Icarus and StarTropics, along with SNES games like Harvest Moon.

Picking up the extra Expansion Pack addon also grants access to a range of games from the N64, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy Advance lineups, as well as the chance to play DLC for Splatoon 2, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at no extra cost.

Source: SABC