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The 7 Best Game Boy and Game Boy Advance Games Available With Nintendo Switch Online

MUO 2023-03-23 Joshua Free
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With Nintendo Switch Online, you can not only access the online services for your Nintendo Switch games, but you can also use it to play classic Nintendo platforms and titles, including games from Game Boy and Game Boy Advance.

But with Nintendo slowly adding more titles to the platforms available through Nintendo Switch Online, you may want to know what games are worth playing. So what are some of the better Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games offered by Nintendo Switch Online? Let's find out.

1. Metroid II: Return of Samus

In terms of essential games available through Nintendo Switch Online, Metroid II: Return of Samus represents a Game Boy title available through the service that's a must-play, especially if you've never experienced a Metroidvania before.

With the franchise helping to create the infamous Metroidvania genre of video games, Metroid II: Return of Samus follows on from the original and adds even more depth and exploration to the action-exploration style of gameplay.

And better yet, Metroid II: Return of Samus is available with a standard Nintendo Switch Online subscription, as is any other Game Boy title available through the service.

If you want to play any Game Boy title through your Nintendo Switch, then, you'll need to know the specifics of Nintendo Switch Online to set up an account or check your current account.

Either way, with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you're all set up and ready to dive into the secrets of Metroid II: Return of Samus and get lost in one of the best Game Boy titles, period.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Another title available through the standard Nintendo Switch Online Game Boy service is The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a stand-out game for the Zelda series and Game Boy platform.

With a lighter tone than previous Zelda games, Link's Awakening follows a shipwrecked Link as he wakes up on a mysterious island. By exploring Koholint, you must collect eight Siren Instruments to awaken the Wind Fish from its slumber and unlock the mysteries of the island.

Link's Awakening also introduced staple elements that the rest of the franchise would utilize in nearly all of its future releases, with townsfolk offering controller tutorials and equipment like the Pegasus Boots cementing itself as an iconic Zelda unlock.

Interestingly, the 2019 remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening retained the classic and lighthearted feel of the original but abandoned its original art style for a more cartoonish look.

So if you want to experience a quintessential Zelda experience and one of the best Game Boy titles in its original pixel art, playing The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening through Nintendo Switch Online is the experience for you.

3. Kirby’s Dream Land

Probably the most popular installment of the franchise and the very first, Kirby's Dream Land for Game Boy represents an early side-scrolling game, unique for its charm and low difficulty.

Akin to other popular side-scrolling games like Mario, Kirby's Dream Land allows you to play as Kirby as he attempts to gather all the Sparkling Stars from King Dedede to save Dream Land.

Kirby's Dream Land, while similar to other Nintendo franchises, brought unique features and elements to its genre. With Kirby's traversal and movement being floaty and allowing you to hover, the gameplay was a far cry from the single jump mechanics seen from Mario.

These features made Kirby's Dream Land uniquely accessible, as the movement improvements lowered difficulty and earned the title its individuality, placing it as an all-time classic Nintendo title.

So if you're looking for a classic side-scrolling experience to play through the Nintendo Switch Online Service, Kirby's Dream Land is an essential title and a great entryway to other more difficult side-scrolling games.

4. Tetris

Tetris for Game Boy is not only one of the most recognizable games of all time, but one of the most addictive. And, through Nintendo Switch Online, you can experience the quintessential original Tetris experience on your Nintendo Switch.

Tetris needs no introduction or explanation. Placing Terominos and beefing up your high score to the classic theme tune is a time-tested formula. And the Game Boy experience through Nintendo Switch Online is just as it was when released in 1998.

Whether you prefer the A-Type mode, the endless crawl for a high score, or the B-Type mode where you must clear 25 lines to beat a stage, Tetris is still an addictive and essential gaming experience.

However, while a classic, Tetris for Game Boy is the bare-bones version of Tetris, a franchise that has adapted to meet modern gaming demands. So if the addictive but simple formula doesn't quite do it for you, you can always look at some of the best games available for Nintendo Switch Online outside of the Game Boy.

But for quick and endless addictive fun, using Nintendo Switch Online to play the Game Boy version of Tetris is an all-time great experience that allows you to play one of the most iconic games ever made.

5. Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Moving away from standard Game Boy titles, Nintendo Switch Online also allows you to play some of the best Game Boy Advance titles, like Mario Kart: Super Circuit, just as long as you have the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

But with Mario Kart: Super Circuit, you can experience the third-ever Mario Kart title and the game that combined the successes of previous games into one experience, cementing what people have come to know as a Mario Kart game.

And with the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack providing you with numerous classic Game Boy Advance games, Mario Kart: Super Circuit is one of many gaming experiences you should experience for yourself.

And even if you're unsure whether the price of the expansion is worthwhile, there are many other reasons the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is worthwhile, with support for other platforms beyond the Game Boy Advance.

6. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

When it comes to classic video game franchises, the longer a series goes on, the more it needs to adapt and offer a fresh take on its formula. With various unique features, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is a perfect example of this.

Available through the Game Boy Advance titles on Nintendo Switch Online, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap places you in the shoes of yet another Link as he is charged with saving Hyrule. However, this time, you experience Hyrule through the eyes of both Hyrulians and the Minish.

These Minish, a race of tiny humanoid creatures, allow you to transform between a human-sized body and a micro-sized body.

Through The Minish Cap, you can experience Hyrule from a new and unique perspective in which the tiny world of Hyrule reveals new mysteries, art, and enemies for you to face.

In terms of great Game Boy Advance games available on Nintendo Switch Online, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is a truly unique and refreshing take on Zelda that every fan of the franchise should experience.

7. Metroid Fusion

A final great Game Boy Advance title available through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is Metroid Fusion, also known as Metroid 4.

Fully embracing its sci-fi horror roots and combining them with the classic Metroidvania formula, Metroid Fusion is not only a must-play Metroid title but also an essential Game Boy Advance game.

Metroid Fusion follows the bounty hunter Samus Aran after she is infected by a mysterious parasite known as X. Upon infection, Samus undergoes a radical transformation and must investigate a Biological Space Lab to both discover what went wrong there and find out more about the X Parasite.

Upon exploration of the B.S.L Station, you will encounter new enemies in the form of the X Parasite, and even the SA-X, a complete X Parasite copy of Samus in her fully upgraded Power Suit.

Combining elements of The Thing, Alien, and even Terminator, if you're a fan of classic horror and 80's action, Metroid Fusion is an essential gaming experience. And even though some fans of the franchise squirm at the easier navigation of Metroid Fusion, it also offers a great entry point to the franchise.

Play Some of the Best Games Nintendo Has Ever Made With Nintendo Switch Online

With some of the best Game Boy Advance and classic Game Boy games being available through Nintendo Switch Online, you can re-experience some of the best handheld games ever made from the comfort of your Nintendo Switch.

And with other aspects of Nintendo Switch Online and its Expansion Pack allowing for further compatibility with platforms like the Nintendo 64, you can experience a plethora of amazing and classic Nintendo titles from numerous platforms.

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