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GameBoy, Cubed

19 Nov, 2002 By: Hive News

Nintendo of America Inc. will introduce the GameCube Game Boy Player in May, bringing a library of more than 1,000 games designed for the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance to play on televisions via the Nintendo GameCube console.

The Game Boy Player, a one-inch platform connecting to the bottom of the GameCube console, will match the GameCube footprint and allow players to use either their console controller or Game Boy Advance to direct action on screen.

"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," says Peter MacDougall, executive VP, 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."

Indirectly, the Game Boy Player will boost the game library for Nintendo GameCube from 180 by year-end to well over 1,000 with the inclusion of hundreds of Game Boy titles.

The Game Boy Player accommodates several forms of game play. With the Game Boy or Game Boy Advance game cartridge inserted in the Game Boy Player, a regular Nintendo GameCube controller or WaveBird wireless controller can direct the action. Or, using the GameCube Game Boy Advance link cable (sold separately), the Game Boy Advance becomes the controller. The Game Boy Player also supports multiplayer action via Game Boy Advance Link Cables. Player one sees the action on the TV screen while other players view the screens on their linked Game Boy Advance systems.

The Game Boy Player will launch in Japan in March, The manufacturer's suggested retail price has not been announced.

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