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Game Boy Player

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This article is about the Nintendo GameCube accessory. For the key item that has a similar name in the Japanese Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, see GB Sounds.
Game Boy Player
ゲームボーイプレーヤー Game Boy Player
Game Boy Player.png
A black Game Boy Player
Release dates
Japan: March 20, 2003
N. America: June 24, 2003
Europe: June 20, 2003
Australia:  ?
Technical specs

N/A

Related information
Console generation: Sixth generation
Pokémon generations: I*, II*, III
Console type: Accessory
Colors:
Black
White
External links

The Game Boy Player (Japanese: ゲームボーイプレーヤー Game Boy Player) is an accessory for the Nintendo GameCube that allows the player to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance games. It plugs into the "Hi Speed Port" on the bottom of the GameCube. It requires a boot disc to run.

Nearly any Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance title can be played on the Game Boy Player, with the exception of the Game Boy Advance Video series (to prevent users from copying the GBA Video titles to recordable media such as blank VHS tapes or DVDs). Other games, such as Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble and the Game Boy Camera, can run on the Game Boy Player, but it is impractical to play them as they were designed with the portability of the Game Boy in mind. There is a game link port, so accessories like the Link Cable and Game Boy Printer can be used. The Game Boy Player is compatible with the GameCube-Game Boy Advance cable, allowing a Game Boy Advance to be used as the controller. However, the Game Boy Player cannot be used to connect a Game Boy Advance to a GameCube game (such as Pokémon Colosseum), unless the user has two GameCubes running (one with the GameCube game running and one with the Game Boy Player running).

The Game Boy Player is the successor to the Super Game Boy and Super Game Boy 2, which are accessories for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System which is very similar in function. However, the Game Boy Player cannot activate any of the special Super Game Boy enhancements.

Pokémon games

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Main series RPG 2002
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire Pinball 2003
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Main series RPG 2004
Pokémon Emerald Main series RPG 2004
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team Dungeon crawler 2005

By backwards compatibility

Due to backward compatibility, all Pokémon games from Game Boy and Game Boy Color are also playable.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Red and Green Main series RPG 1996
Pokémon Blue Main series RPG 1996
Pokémon Red and Blue Main series RPG 1998
Pokémon Yellow Main series RPG 1998
Pokémon Trading Card Game Card game 1998
Pokémon Pinball Pinball 1999
Pokémon Gold and Silver Main series RPG 1999
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Puzzle 2000
Pokémon Crystal Main series RPG 2000
Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! Card game 2001

Incompatibilities

The Game Boy Player attached to the GameCube
  • The Game Boy Player is not compatible with the Wii because it lacks the accessory slots that are present on the bottom of the GameCube. The footprint of the Wii is also substantially different from the GameCube.
  • The Game Boy micro is also incompatible with the Game Boy Player. The equipment required for a link-up is a Game Boy micro Link Cable and a Game Boy micro Converter Connector, along with a Game Boy micro and Game Boy Player. The Converter Connector is built in such a way that the protruding piece of plastic on top prevents it from being inserted into the Game Boy Player all the way.
    • This, however, is only a mechanical limitation. Electronically, they are compatible and can be connected using third-party or self-built cables.
  • Most GameShark and Action Replay devices are constructed in a way that makes them difficult or impossible to properly insert into the Game Boy Player.
  • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, and WarioWare: Twisted! are impractical to play on the Game Boy Player due to their built-in motion sensors. To play these games on the Game Boy Player, a player would have to pick up the GameCube and move it around.
  • The Game Boy Camera is difficult to use with the Game Boy Player, as the camera would be in a fixed position. However, previously stored photos may be easily viewed or edited on the Game Boy Player.
  • The rumble feature on Game Boy Color games like Pokémon Pinball and Perfect Dark will not work as intended on the Game Boy Player because the rumbler is in the cartridge itself; however, the gameplay of games such as these is unaffected.
    • However, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire was released around the same time as the Game Boy Player and has the option to use the GameCube controller's rumble feature when the game is played on the Game Boy Player. Drill Dozer, another Game Freak title, also has this feature.
  • The cartridges in the Boktai series can not be played on the Game Boy Player. The shape of the cartridges do not allow it to be properly inserted in the Game Boy Player. This appears to be intentional, as users usually did get the sensor to detect sunlight inside.
  • The Game Boy Advance Video cartridges were made incompatible with the Game Boy Player due to issues with sound and video quality and so that users could not record the shows to media such as blank VHS tapes or DVDs.

Controllers

Generally, a Nintendo GameCube controller or a Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Advance SP hooked up with a Nintendo GameCube-Game Boy Advance Cable is used as a controller.

Third-party manufacturer Hori created a controller specifically made for the Game Boy Player. It resembles a Super Nintendo Entertainment System controller and was released in Japan only.

Trivia

  • In North America and Europe, the unit is only available in black, although indigo is available in Japan and Australia and spice and platinum only in Japan.
  • The Game Boy Player can set a timer from one to sixty minutes.


Game systems with Pokémon games
GB (PocketGBLSGBSGB2) • GBCminiGBA (SPGBmGBP) • DS (LiteDSiDSi XL) • 3DS (XL2DS)
SNES (BS-XNP) • N64 (DD) • GCNWiiWii U
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