Game Boy Player contributed to GameCube's longevity

 

The Game Boy Player was unexpected. No one saw it coming in 2003 when it was released as an add-on accessory for the GameCube. But when it arrived, it was like most Nintendo peripherals: In with a flash, some promotion and then regulated to obscurity.

 

What could it do?

The GB Player was an addition that made playing Game Boy Advance and original Game Boy games possible on the GameCube. It meant that you could play any of those titles on a television instead of the non-backlit GBA screen (true, until the release of the GBA SP) and use a GameCube controller for movement. It fit into the GameCube’s high-speed data port on the bottom of the console and stacked with an opening for the GBA/GB cartridge.

 

Why did we need it?

The GameBoy Player, while not required, was a truly necessary accessory if you could manage to get your hands on one for cheap. In addition to making it easier to play portable games, the GB Player was instrumental in adding games to the already small GameCube lineup. Despite a few exceptions in compatibility, the Game Boy Player was praised for adding to Nintendo’s cache of games and for making it slightly easier to play their mobile library from two systems.

Game Boy Player compatibility

 

The Game Boy Player works with nearly all Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games. However, there are some Nintendo accessories that it does not work with.

 

*Action Replay and Gameshark

*Game Boy Advance video

*Infrared games

*Games in the Boktai series

*Game Boy Camera**

*Game Boy Micro**

*Game Boy Color games with integrated rumble

*Action Pad/Beat Pad dance controllers

*Games: Pocket Music and Chee-Chai Alien

 

**Limited functionality but technically work


GAME BOY PLAYER FACTS

 

* The GB Player is region free; however, you must have the corresponding boot discs in order for it to launch.

* It does not use an emulator to play GB games. It uses actual Game Boy hardware internally.

* It does not work with the Wii or Wii U. The Homebrew channel, which can be added to both systems, made the Game Boy Player unnecessary if one went the route of emulation.

* The GB Player is compatible with the e-Reader accessory, which uses dot matrix cards to add items to certain GBA and GameCube games.