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Game Boy Pokémon games seemingly confirmed for Nintendo Switch

Richard Lee Breslin

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Game Boy Pokémon games seemingly confirmed for Nintendo Switch

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo/The Pokemon Company

Classic Game Boy Pokemon titles have seemingly been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch, that’s at least according to fans.

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Earlier this month during a Direct event, it was announced that Game Boy, Color and GBA games are coming to the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. The basic NSO tier adds a selection of Game Boy and Color games to the library, while Expansion Pass subscribers have additional GBA titles.

However, as is often the case with the classic library offerings of Nintendo Switch Online, additional titles are released in waves. With that in mind, the Pokemon series was a very notable exclusion from the selection of Game Boy and GBA titles on offer for Nintendo’s subscription-based service.

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Thankfully, that may be about to change and fans believe that classic Pokemon games will soon be headed to the NSO service. What’s more, fans believe that a big announcement will be made later this month on 27th February, which also just so happens to be Pokemon Day.


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Pokemon Day is an annual celebration of when the original games launched on the classic Game Boy. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the launch of Pokemon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. So what better time to announce these four classic additions to the Nintendo Switch Online library?

As reported by Metro, the reason why fans believe that classic Pokemon games are coming to the Nintendo Switch is due to the upcoming releases of Pokemon Stadium and its sequel to NSO, slated to release this year.

Both Pokemon Stadium games were originally released for the N64 and back in the day, you were able to transfer your Pokemon from Game Boy to N64. However, when both Stadium games were announced as upcoming additions to the NSO library, a disclaimer stated that you were not able to transfer Pokemon to Stadium from other games.

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At the time, this made total sense. After all, when both Pokemon Stadium games were announced for the Nintendo Switch, classic Game Boy games were not available via the NSO service.

However, a user of the Famiboards forum noticed a small, but very important detail in a Japanese trailer following the recent Nintendo Direct event. At around 1:08 into the trailer, it was noticed that a disclaimer stating that you weren't able to transfer Pokemon from other games into Stadium was no longer present.

This of course sparked speculation that you will not only be able to transfer Pokemon to the Stadium games when they launch on Switch this year, but many are hoping that Red, Blue, Green and Yellow will also be new additions to the Game Boy NSO library.

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Obviously, we should take all unconfirmed rumours and speculation with a pinch of salt until proven otherwise. That being said, we hope that this particular rumour is one that comes to fruition.

Topics: Nintendo, Pokemon

Richard Lee Breslin
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