Game Boy Player

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Game Boy Player
Nintendo GameCube being attached to Game Boy Player.
A Game Boy Player
The cable can serve as a controller for the Game Boy Player.
Generation Sixth generation
Release date Japan March 21, 2003
Europe June 20, 2003
Mexico June 23, 2003[1]
USA June 24, 2003
Discontinued 2007
Predecessor Super Game Boy
Successor N/A
The logo for the Game Boy Player.
A silver Game Boy Player for the Nintendo GameCube
A silver Game Boy Player

The Game Boy Player is an accessory for the Nintendo GameCube. As the name implies, it can be used for playing Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games, and it even has a link port for linking up to other Game Boy systems and accessories. The Game Boy Player hooks up to the GameCube by being inserted into the Hi-Speed Port underneath the console. It comes with a special start-up disc that must be inserted into the GameCube before any Game Boy games can be played. The Game Boy Player hooks up to the GameCube by being inserted underneath it, and it has a start-up disc that has to be inserted into the GameCube before the Game Boy Player can be used. The Game Boy Player can be player with either a standard GameCube controller or a Game Boy Advance hooked with a link cable. The Game Boy Player is the successor to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's Super Game Boy, which can only play Game Boy games.

There are a few titles that are not made for normal play on the Game Boy Player, such as WarioWare: Twisted! and Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, because they require the player to rotate the entire system around due to the motion sensors on the cartridge, something that the GameCube wasn't designed to do. The games still boot and run normally, however.

While many GBA games may suffer from intense brightness and/or other minor graphical issues when played on a Game Boy Player, a few games, including two Super Mario games, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, are specially optimized for use on the device. These games are distinguished by showing the Game Boy Player logo upon booting up, regardless of whether or not the device is being used. In addition, Mario vs. Donkey Kong has a manual setting labeled "GB Player Mode" which adjusts the palettes that are better suited for the Game Boy Player.

The Game Boy Player is incompatible with the Wii, as it lacks the Hi-Speed Port of the GameCube where it plugs into. Additionally, the Game Boy Player matches the GameCube's footprint, while the Wii has a different footprint placed horizontally.

Super Mario games with rumble support[edit]


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  1. ^ Official Mexican Website (Archived). Retrieved November 28, 2022.