Unveils GameCube Game Boy Player
fulfilled the wishes of many portable fans today with the announcement
of the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Player. Set to ship in May
2003, the device will attach to the bottom of the Nintendo GameCube
and allow gamers to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy
Advance games on their TV screens. No retail price has been
announced, but in Japan it's priced at about $41.
third-parties have worked on various solutions for getting Game Boy
Advance games to display on TV screens, almost all of them to this
point have required internal modification of the GBA itself.
This is definitely a much easier, and safer, solution for playing GBA
games on the big screen. Another huge benefit of the device is
that it instantly opens up a library of almost 1,000 Game Boy titles
for GameCube owners.
several years, the video game industry has been pushing forward to new
technical frontiers…while at the same time celebrating classic hit
games of the past," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice
president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "This
new Game Boy Player actually fulfills both desires: it instantly makes
your current favorite Game Boy Advance game larger-than-life, and at
the same time allows you to see your favorite portable title from a
decade ago in an entirely new way."
a game plugged into the Game Boy Player, either a GameCube controller,
WaveBird, or (using the GCN/GBA link cable) the GBA itself can be used
to control the game. The device also supports multiplayer games
via the link cable, with one player viewing the game on TV while the
others view it on their GBAs.
no one seems to be talking about is the possibility of online play for
handheld games. Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire among a variety of
other genres would be perfect candidates for online play, and
technically it could easily be done since the BBA/modem use different
ports than the Game Boy Player. Nintendo may not use it for
such, but you can bet that third parties will try to.