Game Boy Camera
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|Game Boy Camera|
|Release date|| February 21, 1998 |
June 1, 1998
June 4, 1998
- “Smile! You're on Game Boy Camera!”
- —Game Boy Camera slogan
The Game Boy Camera, known as Pocket Camera (ポケットカメラ, Poketto Kamera) in Japan, is an accessory for the Game Boy (and compatible with the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance) released in early 1998 which allows the user to take up to 30 grainy monochrome pictures (although that amount can be increased through third-party devices) and view them and edit them on the Game Boy screen and print them out using the Game Boy Printer. Game Freak was involved with its development.
The accessory was discontinued in 2002. Both the camera and the printer contain many references to the Super Mario franchise.
In other media
A comic called "Rummelplatzquatsch" was made to promote the Camera in Germany, and also featured the Camera heavily.
The comic centers around a Game Boy Camera used by a self-proclaimed fortune-teller to foresee the future. Mario falls for the trick when the Game Boy Camera depicts a toilet brush to him and few seconds later such a brush is dashed into his face indeed. Immediately he buys the Camera, being excited about foreseeing his own future. However, the device only brings misfortune to him. After depicting a cake, one is thrown into his face; after depicting a train, he is run down by one; and so on.
Trying to get rid of the Camera, Mario returns to the fortune-teller who turns out to be Luigi, explaining that it was just a normal Game Boy Camera he sold to his brother, and that it cannot foresee the future. He attempts to prove his point by turning the device on. After it shows Poochy, suddenly a herd of dogs enters the tent. Now Luigi is terrified as well and the brothers run away, dropping the Camera. At the end of the comic, the reader sees Satan's hand grabbing the Game Boy Camera, and it is explained that this is the only copy that has fallen into his hands.
The Game Boy Camera put on a Game Boy Pocket
Album B Pictures
Picture #19 (Japan) - Bear
Picture #17 (International) - Wario
Picture #18 (International) - Mario
Picture #24 (International) - Tiny Wario
Picture #27 (International) - Boo
Picture #28 (International) - Toad
Picture #29 (International) - Mario and Donkey Kong Jr.
Picture #30 (International) - Wing Mario
Normal and Wild Frames
Wild Frame #1 - Super Mario
Wild Frame #2 (International) - Super Mario World
Wild Frame #4 - Yoshi's Story
Wild Frame #7 - Mario Kart 64
Shigeru Miyamoto dancing Easter egg from the credits
Using the Game Boy Camera's camera without loading the cartridge on Mario Artist: Paint Studio. The camera is broken and should not display like this.
- In the 1999 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, the Game Boy Camera was listed as the world's smallest digital camera.
- Young, M. May 1999. The Guinness Book of Records 1999, page 172.