The 10 Game Boy games we would definitely like to see on the Nintendo Switch

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Recently, leaks seem to indicate that Switch will soon be hosting a Game Boy Advance emulator, but also Game Boy. On this occasion, the JV editorial team offers you a small selection of the titles of Nintendo’s first portable console that deserve to be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

Some precision

In this selection, we preferred to highlight titles that are not available in one way or another on Switch. We are thinking in particular of remakes (such as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening), collections (such as Castlevania, Final Fantasy Legend / SaGa and Final Fantasy Adventure / Seiken Densetsu) or even ports of NES games available for subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online (like DuckTales: Scrooge McDuck).


  • Donkey Kong
  • Gargoyle’s Quest
  • Kid Icarus of myths and monsters
  • Kirby’s dreamland
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus
  • Muldvarpemani
  • Pokemon gold / silver / crystal
  • Super Mario Land
  • Tetris
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seaons

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Donkey Kong

Game Boy’s Donkey Kong is more than just a haven in the 1981 arcade game, but acts as a spiritual sequel and even offers a different experience. While Donkey Kong has captured Pauline, Mario will have to rescue her in this mix of platforms and puzzles. Each level takes the form of a table where Mario can evolve to activate contacts or recreate objects that will be used to advance. In total, more than 101 unique stages are available, where the famous Italian plumber with mustache must dodge traps and avoid enemies to pick up the key and reach the exit. Fortunately, Mario has access to new techniques for the occasion, as he can balance on his hands and do backflips.

Gargoyle’s Quest

A sort of spin-off from the Ghosts’n Goblins saga, Gargoyle’s Quest is an action-platform game with role-playing elements where you play as Firebrand, one of the franchise’s iconic watches. Compared to the main series, this episode has a much more adventurous dimension, as you can chat with monsters in villages, for example. Thus, the title alternates between top-level RPG-type phases and other more action / 2D scrolling platforms. Firebrand’s stats and abilities are regularly improved so he can get more hit points, extend his flight time or even increase the amplitude of his jump. As a winged demon, our character can, of course, shoot different types of beams that pierce blocks or stick spikes to create makeshift walls. A nice little game that even got a sequel on Supe’s NES with Demon’s Crest.

Kid Icarus of myths and monsters

The sequel to Kid Icarus from NES, Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters takes up its oldest formula to offer a mix of platforming and action where we embody Pit, the war angel who fights with his bow. As usual, his goal is to confront Orcos, who threaten the Kingdom of Angels. Throughout the adventure, the player must explore dungeons in which he can retrieve items, including the three sacred treasures that will allow him to reach his ultimate goal. This sequel remains pretty much like its predecessor in terms of gameplay, except that Pit can now blow his wings up to break his fall.

Kirby’s dreamland

Kirby’s Dream Land, the first title to feature Kirby, is a classic yet highly effective platform game. With a creature as simple but captivating as Kirby, the famous little pink ball that was originally white can strike with its arms to fly away after being inflated with air. She can also suck her enemies in and then spit them out and inflict damage on her opponents. Consisting of five levels, the title invites us to discover the Land of Dreams, located on the planet Popstar, while King Dedede and his henchmen have stolen all the food from the kingdom. Finally, if Kirby can later suck up his enemies to gain their power, in this first episode he can only swallow certain items to acquire specific abilities.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

While many gamers know Metroid II: Return of Samus from its 3DS remake, Metroid: Samus Returns, the original Game Boy version is quite different. In this second episode of Metroid, we find Samus Aran returning to the planet with the Metroid parasites, SR388, always with the aim of ridding the galaxy of this latent threat. As usual, the game takes the form of a metroidvania, a mix of two-dimensional action platforming where the character is regularly given new tools to help him move on. Even more than the others, this opus is particularly labyrinthine because it takes place in the bowels of the planet, giving a true sense of claustrophobia by evolving into caves.


Less known than other great Nintendo games like Mario, Zelda or Kirby, Mole Mania is a mix of an action and reflection game produced neither more nor less than by Shigeru Miyamoto. The player embodies Muddy, who has to fight to find his family kidnapped by farmer Jinbe. In each level you will have to guide Muddy towards the exit by facing many enemies, obstacles and other difficulties that prevent you from reaching your goal. To help you, you can count on Muddy’s abilities, which can dig underground to find new paths. This way, you can even find bonus stages that allow you to meet Jinbe directly.

Pokemon gold / silver / crystal

When we think of Game Boy, Pokémon is obviously a series that we quote very quickly. But since Pokémon Red Version / Pokémon Blue Version / Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Edition Pikachu was eligible for a remake on Switch with Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee, it is rather towards the following episodes that we turn. With the Pokémon Gold Version / Pokémon Silver Version and later the third Pokémon Crystal Version, the action takes place this time in the Johto region and adds 100 new Pokémon. Another generation that is much appreciated by the players, especially for the surprise that the adventure reserves in its second part, but also for the design of the added creatures.

Super Mario Land

Since it’s impossible to imagine a Nintendo console without Mario platform games, Game Boy is of course entitled to its own series of Super Mario Land. Compared to Super Mario Bros. of NES, the title stands out for its universe and its various graphics, which give it a unique place in Mario’s ludography. If the first two opuses feature the famous Italian plumber with a mustache, it is Wario who steals the show from him from the third game, to the point that it begets a new series with Wario Land, which has four episodes. Whichever completely highlighted, among these seven titles are excellent platform games that Nintendo knows how to do so well and that all deserve an optional spot on the Switch.


Is it possible to imagine a collection of Game Boy games without integrating Tetris? Like a puzzle, the principle of Tetris is as simple as a cake, as it is sufficient to stack bricks to form lines that disappear as the player progresses. The goal is to get the highest score and at the same time avoid the screen filling up completely, as the difficulty level and speed increase the further you get. A principle of brilliant efficiency that gives a timeless aspect to the game. Cult and iconic title on Nintendo’s portable console, the latter also used the link cable to play multiplayer.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seaons

If we could have told you about The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, we would prefer to highlight other Zelda games released on Game Boy much lesser known: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages. Produced by Capcom, these two titles are developed on the same engine, with the difference that the first is more focused on action, and the second on puzzles. After completing one of the two games, the player is given a password that they can use in the second title to unlock the true ending. These are therefore two little-known fairy tales in the Zelda saga, since they were released on a portable console and split into two parts, but which are still worth seeing because they are in line with the excellent Link’s Awakening.

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