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Japan’s Nintendo Game Boy Switch Library Differs to West’s

Last Updated on February 15, 2023

A host of differences make Japan’s Game Boy Switch library an enticing but unlikely option…

With the announcement of Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance libraries being added to Nintendo Switch Online, western audiences will finally be able to play their beloved retro favourites on Nintendo’s newest console.

However, Japan releases have worked out a little differently which is not uncommon when it comes to Nintendo games.

One such different includes the replacement of Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare with 1989’s Yakuman (Mahjong) which was a launch title with the Game Boy. Yakuman was never officially released outside of Japan. You may need to take some extra steps if you want to play this game. You will need have an accessible Japanese Nintendo account to be able to download Japan’s own app.

Alongside Yakuman, Japan will also exclusively receive 1992 RPG Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (The Frog For Whom The Bell Tolls, seen above) for Game Boy. On GBA, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and Japan-only game Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade are making their way to the libraries.

Nintendo does not shy away from exclusives! Will you be playing these Japan-only exclusives?

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