The Game Boy Player was one of the reasons that I recently purchased a Nintendo GameCube. After a simple installation you're instantly able to play hundreds of new games on the GameCube without paying extra for a Game Boy, and play them on whatever size TV or monitor that you have it hooked up to, so old eyes like mine won't go blind trying to play them on a 2.5" screen. And when installed, it's integral to the GameCube and only increases it's dimensions by an extra 1 1/4" of height at the base of the unit. Nice to see an exterior plug and play device that's actually out of the way when you install it! Good job, team Nintendo with that one!
I had some questions to ask beforehand, and luckily, the sales associate at one of the local Game-Stop shops actually had experience with the product.
The best part of it is that games don't seem as pixelated as you might think from jumping from a tiny hand held game screen to something you can actually see. Of course, this probably depends more on the quality of the games being used; since a bad game will look bad no matter what the size of the screen it's played. Garbage In/Garbage Out, you know...
It comes with a Game Boy Player Disc, which is inserted into the GameCube, and I supposed instructs the machine to work as a Game Boy Advance. If you have additional GBA systems, you can link them into the GameCube via Game Boy Advance Game Link Cables (one for each GBA used, 3 cables for 4 player games since the GameCube itself is treated as the #2 GBA in the network).
The Nintendo Game Boy Advance e-Reader can be used with the Game Boy Game Player (Pokemon lovers rejoice!) Sadly, I'm not a Pokemon lover, so I'll probably never know if it works or not.
If you've had a Game Boy for years and it's getting harder to tell what's going on because you're getting older and can't see, or you're living in denial about having to get glasses, grab a GameCube and the Game Boy Game Player. It really was a great gaming investment for an old-timer like me.
yes: I recommend this product