To properly celebrate 35 years of the Game Boy™ system, we have to take it back to year one!

Game Boy launched in 1989, and with it arrived classic titles such as Baseball, Alleyway™ and the first Super Mario™ game available on the system, Super Mario Land™. Today, Nintendo Switch Online members* can play all three of these original launch titles as the latest additions to the Game Boy – Nintendo Switch Online library. All just in time for the system’s 35th anniversary!


Super Mario Land – Relive Mario’s first Game Boy adventure! Obstacles and enemies of all sorts await you in the scenic kingdoms of Sarasaland, where you’ll travel through ancient ruins, stay afloat in tempestuous waters and navigate challenges aplenty. As Mario, you’ll run, jump and bounce your way to glory on his mission to save Princess Daisy (in her first appearance!) from a mysterious alien and restore peace to the land. This game features some distinct gameplay quirks to discover too, including the Superball Mario powerup and even levels where Mario pilots an airplane and submarine.

Baseball – Pitch in and batter up in this 1989 Game Boy classic. As the pitching team, deliver a series of fastballs while adjusting curve and speed – but be careful not to wear out your pitcher. If the batter connects, your outfield or infield can back you up. Strike out the opposing team, and it’s your turn at offense. As the batting team, shift your batter on the home plate and time their swing at the incoming ball. Try to safely reach the next base, or score for a home run. Strategize your team’s moves and lead your team to victory. Play ball!

Alleyway – Demolish blocks with a bouncing energy ball and try to rack up a high score! As Mario, pilot your spaceship at the gate of the Alleyway and destroy the space grids by deflecting the energy ball toward them. Keep your vessel moving and the ball in play until every block has been cleared to finish the stage. As you progress through each level, you’ll be confronted with the challenge of alternating stages, bonus rounds and more. Speed and quick reflexes will become your strongest allies as you reach to beat the top score. You’re in command in the Alleyway.

Plus, these games join another 1989 Game Boy classic already on the service! Take a spin through history and lock in for line-clearing fun with the Game Boy version of the Tetris™ game, which launched with the system in 1989. Do you have what it takes reach a score of 999,999?

The launch of the Game Boy system in 1989 kicked off a litany of classic games in the following years, many of which you can play on the Game Boy – Nintendo Switch Online library. Once you’ve played the above games, why not check out more Game Boy titles available on Nintendo Switch Online, including the daring action of Metroid™ II – Return of Samus™, the rollicking debut of Kirby in Kirby’s Dream Land™, the sequel to Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land™ 2 – 6 Golden Coins™, the quirky and colorful adventure of The Legend of Zelda™: Link’s Awakening DX™, or even hunt for treasure with the invincible Wario in Wario Land™ 3!

You can see the Japanese Switch Online Game Boy library lineup in the trailer below. The online difference in the lineup is the addition of Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru, refereed to outside of Japan as The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls.

[Press release]

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4d ago

Play them on a Game Boy. They are still out there! But maybe add a Light Boy or something. I modded mine and did put a backlight behind the original screen. Looks awesome ^-^


4d ago


No, I wont. I neither want to use batteries nor buy the original games and a Light Boy.
I'll just start the Switch and play them immediately.

Fair enough, I use rechargeable batteries they work fine. I still think though you'll lose some of the nostalgia playing these oldies on a modern device. It is nice to see them working on a Switch but you might not find the same amount of stamina to finish them this way.