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The state of Nintendo Switch Online’s various emulators is always a source of fascination and intrigue, and now we have a look under the cover: a whole ton of new data has been mined from the console that hints at Nintendo’s upcoming plans. First is a leaked NES Online application with all of the current titles — and quite a few new ones like Pac-Man and Castlevania, which shows NES games they might add to the service in the near future:



There’s also a work-in-progress Gameboy Emulator in the files, albeit as individual .exe files without a menu tying it all together. Mainstays Tetris, Link’s Awakening, and Super Mario Land are included:



And lastly and most interestingly, we have a GBA emulator in progress. It has a ton of titles being tested, from Golden Sun to Super Robot Wars, but the emulator seems of even greater quality than the one on Wii U, being very close to passing official factory testing software.



We’ll have to see if and how these tools are implemented into NSO — will the GB/GBA emulators require the Expansion Pass? These and other questions simmer at the heart of all the data, but we’ll have to wait for official announcements from Nintendo before determining anything for certain. 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.