Last year, I made a video all about one of my favorite Super Nintendo accessories: The Super Game Boy. I covered just about everything. The color palettes, the Super Game Boy enhanced game paks, custom borders. You name it. Now It's time to move on to the
sequel: The Game Boy Player. Released in 2003 as a GameCube accessory, the Game Boy Player is the logical
evolution of the Super Game Boy It can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color
and Game Boy Advance games. In fact with a few modifications, it's the best way to play Game Boy games on your television. So let's learn everything there is to know about this accessory, but first, let's take a look at a few devices that set the stage for the Game Boy Player. After the Super Game Boy and before the Game Boy Player, Nintendo had a few accessories that could play Game Boy games on the TV. The first was the Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak. This came bundled with Pokemon Stadium, and allowed you to transfer your Pokemon from the Game Boy to Pokemon Stadium for battles. In the game there was a GB Tower mode, which allows you to play Pokemon Red, Blue or Yellow on the television, via emulation. However, the video quality wasn't great and these were the only games you could play, so it was a pretty limited accessory. A better accessory was the Wide-Boy 64. Developed by Nintendo subsidiary, Intelligent Systems, the Wide-Boy 64 worked very much like the Super Game Boy. You plugged your game into the Wide-Boy 64 cartridge slot and plugged the Wide-Boy 64 into the Nintendo 64. You could use a Nintendo 64 controller to
control the game, or hook a Game Boy directly to the Wide-Boy via a cable. The Wide-Boy 64 came in two versions. CGB and AGB. The Wide-Boy 64 CGB could play Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. The Wide-Boy AGB could play Game Boy Advance games, in addition to Game Boy and Game Boy Color. However, this device was not available to the public. It was reserved for developers to test out their games on a television, or to capture screenshots for the Media Consumers wouldn't get a true successor to the Super Game Boy until 2003, with the Game Boy Player. While Japan got a variety of colors, North America and Europe only got the jet black version. It retailed for [US]$49.99. The package contained the accessory
itself, as well as a start-up disc. To hook up the Game Boy Player you simply attached it to the base of the GameCube via the high-speed port on the bottom. Flathead screws can be tightened to keep everything in place. On the front of the Game Boy Player is the external extension connector. Specifically for things like a link cable, or the wireless adapter. Below that is the cartridge slot. On the right side is an ejector. This is really nice since the games load somewhat awkwardly on the bottom. They almost shoot out of the system when you eject them. To use the Game Boy Player you need to insert the startup disk. This disc tells the GameCube to interface with the Game Boy Player, and contains software for playing your games. However, unlike the Super Game Boy which was full of features, the Game Boy Player is severely lacking. Let's go over a few of them. The first is frames, you can choose from 20 different designs to surround the screen. The second is screen size, which lets you play games at a normal display, or a bit more zoomed in. Third is controller, which lets you customize the functions of the X, Y buttons, L&R buttons, and the C-stick. Fourth is the screen filter. There are three options: Normal, soft and sharp. Sharp makes the pixels a bit sharper. While Soft, well.. softens the image. However, the difference is very minimal. I could barely tell the difference in most games I played. The fifth option and the most puzzling one is the timer. What is it? Well, it's literally a timer. Got a pizza in the oven? Want to only play for five more minutes? Set the timer and the interface will let you know when your time is up. The final feature is Change Game Paks. You can select this if you want to play a different game without powering everything off. And that's it. Like I said the software features aren't much to write home about, but the Game Boy Player does play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games, giving you access to an enormous library of titles. There is authentic hardware inside this accessory, so it plays just about everything thrown at it. The original Game Boy games boot up with a four color palette. You can customize the palette just like on a Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance by pressing a button combination on startup. When it comes to Super Game Boy enhanced games, the enhancements are gone. The glorious colors and custom borders are missing, as they specifically utilize Super Game Boy hardware. Game Boy Color games show their full colors. As do Game Boy Advance games. The device is also region-free, allowing you to play games from anywhere in the world However, the startup disk is not region free. Even some of the oddball games work on the Game Boy Player. Remember those gravitational games like
Yoshi Topsy Turvy, technically it does work. It's just very awkward to play. A few Game Boy Advance titles were able to interact with the Game Boy Player. Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire, added a rumble feature that was sent to the GameCube controller One type of cartridge that doesn't work is the Game Boy Advance video cartridge. According to Nintendo, this was to prevent illegal copying of the video. As far as controlling the games, you have a few options you can use a GameCube controller or even a Game Boy Advance via a
GameCube GBA cable. My personal favorite however, is the Hori GameCube controller. Just like with the Super Game Boy, Hori designed a controller specifically
for the Game Boy Player It's got a nice D-Pad and feels like a
Super Nintendo controller So what's not to love about the Game Boy Player, the biggest problem is the video quality. The startup disk outputs games in either a 480i or a 480p resolution. And neither are ideal for Game Boy games, especially on modern televisions. Luckily the Homebrew Community has stepped in, and created a custom interface software to make everything look much better in a 240p resolution. For more technical details, I highly recommend My Life in
Gaming's Game Boy episodes. After watching it, you'll know how to get the best video quality Upon release, the Game Boy Player was well-received. The GameCube was trailing behind Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation 2 in terms of sales. But the Game Boy Advance was selling extremely well. Being able to access the Game Boy Advance's library on the GameCube, was a welcomed feature. Nintendo even bundled the accessory with the system. Today, with the help of homebrew software It's the best way to play your
Game Boy games on a television. The accessory itself is pretty common and inexpensive The startup disk however, is a different story and usually sells for way more. Luckily, the homebrew method makes the startup disk unnecessary. Since the release of the Game Boy Player, we haven't seen a device similar to it. With Nintendo now using their Virtual Console service to download older titles, it is highly unlikely we will ever see one again. But if you thought we were done talking about Game Boy on your television, think again. In a future episode, I'll be going over some third-party devices and see how they stack up. Spoiler Alert! Not very well. That's all for this episode of the Gaming Historian. Thanks for watching. Funding for Gaming Historian is provided in part by supporters on Patreon. Thank you. Click on another video or leave. What are you waiting for?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I have this on my GameCube. I also think that it would be cool if there were an accessory which let people play GameCube games on their Game Boys like "GameCube Boy" or something.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Game boy games sucked. Never even wanted one.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    THAT THING HAS AN EJECT BUTTON?!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Can you guys please sub to my channel please I a.m. doing a 24 hour change for my friend the one that get more subs win thanks

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    It's not pokaymon, its pokémon

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Well Gaming Historian, just like what Chadtronic says when it comes to the video quality, "if it's too high, it's a fake"😅

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Hmmm I want to play the Pokémon TCG game now for some reason…

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I honestly don't find any use of this, while it is really cool, I could just try emulating these games

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I guess the Switch's dock is in a way a successor to the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    adress the panasonic q version
    ADRESS THE PANASONIC Q VERSION

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    The Gameboy player was SICK. Playing gba fire emblem and the gbc remake of Dragon Warrior 3 on it was so cool!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I've been trying to find a us disc that isn't overpriced and I am not having much luck.

    My main question is why are Japanese copies so cheap in comparison?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    How can 240p possibly look better than 480i/p??

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    the soft filter adds horrible ghosting, that short clip was enough to give me a headache

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    no mention about the game boy player enhanced gba games????
    games like mario advance 4 switch to a different, nicer color palette when on game boy player since they don't have to compensate for the dark screen.
    it makes for a much more pleasant experience since the colors aren't so washed out anymore.
    see it for yourself on vba

    afaik there's no known list of all the titles that do that since nintendo didn't as much as hint that feature.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    2:52 "almost shoots out"

    *shoots game out
    LOL

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Wide Boy 64 is my Rapping Name. I am unpopular.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    As a father with kids I assume the timer was to set a certain play amount if you want to control how long they played. However I dont own this device so I'm not sure if thats the intent. Its just were my mind went right away with the idea of timed gameplay. As always, great stuff Mr. Historian 🙂

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    You forgot Pokémon box

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Hey @Gaming Historian would you please do the history of Pokémon games ? !!!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Wide boy hmm…. ok not the time for memes!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Song at 0:46 ? Please and thank you.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    pokaymonn stadium

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Fuck yeah Norm. Quality video as always.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    If history class was like this I would've actually showed up.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    So no 480p setting it uses what the Gamecube was last set to use? How about the Japan start-up disc (Xeno chipped region-free unit here), does that offer English

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    i bought my gamecube at a yard sale for $25 usd with three controllers and seven games, but today i just realized that my console also included the gameboy player. wow what a deal!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    So does this help make original Gameboy games look better on a regular TV than on a Gameboy color screen?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    W I D E B O Y

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    How come you say Pokemon the right way, but less common way, but you say wario the wrong way, and the less common way?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I own a wideboy but dont use it lol

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    SNES controller using a Raphnet Adapter is superior to the hori gamepad IMO. Plus cheaper and less rare.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    Thank God I found my game boy player for the game cube. My GBA sp screen is turning white in the corners. 🙁

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    The switch should have a 3DS player

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    The night before I bought mine I had a dream that it was nothing but trouble to get one and I eventually gave up … low and behold, the next day it was nothing but trouble to get one, but I was determined, eventually settling for a black one to go with my purple gamecube.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I never cared for the Player. IDK why, but the games always looked slightly off and made me dizzy.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    I still have the game boy player and GameCube, sadly it’s just under my bed

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    If only there was 3ds and ds backwards-compatibility on the Switch…

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