Previously, if people wanted to play their GameBoy Advance
games on their televisions, they had to purchase a specialty
kit, take apart their handheld and pray that their soldering
skills were good enough. Now, it looks like Nintendo wishes
to take a hold of this potential market to add to their available
number of games for the GameCube.
Nintendo has announced
the upcoming release of the GameCube GameBoy Player,
which will release in Japan in March 2003 for the retail price
of 5000 yen. The Player is a one inch thick platform (coming
in four colors) on which you set your GameCube. You can then
insert GameBoy, GameBoy Color and GameBoy Advance games in
it and play them on your television with either the GameCube
controller or the GameBoy Advance (you'll need the connector
cord for the GameBoy Advance to work). Nintendo also has stated
that you will still be able to play 4 player with the GameCube
GameBoy Player. Player one will have use of their TV screen,
while the other three (through the use of the link cable)
will have to use their own GameBoy Advances.
On the subject, Peter MacDougall, executive vice president
of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America Inc. stated:
"For 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. 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."
While Nintendo's announcement didn't state a North American
release, there is already word on the internet of a possible
release in May of 2003.
So, if you were still having problems finding a light source
bright enough to play your GameBoy Advance games on, you're
in luck. And, if you hadn't purchased one of the handhelds
yet, but still want to play some of the games, you're in luck.