This little device might just as well be many people’s first digital cameras ever in a time when they weren’t common at all in the camera market (released in 1998).
It’s a device for the Original Gameboy which I’ve wanted for ever and that you can find fairly cheap and together with the Gameboy Printer, that takes ordinary reciept paper, you could have your own digital photo studio. You can add some easy manipulations such as adding moustasches and other things to the picture or use them as parts of different mini-games (such as using someone’s face as an enemy to shoot at).
To quote Wikipedia:
The camera can take 128×112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system.
It interfaced with the Game Boy Printer, which utilized thermal paper to print any saved images, making a hardcopy.
The Game Boy Camera was featured in the 1999 edition of Guinness World Records for being the world’s smallest digital camera, though this record has since been broken.
Nintendo reportedly had plans to release a successor to the Game Boy Camera for the Game Boy Advance called the GameEye which would take color photos and feature connectivity with the Nintendo GameCube through a game titled Stage Debut, but neither the GameEye nor Stage Debut ever saw release.
The Game Boy Camera would be the only handheld Nintendo product to feature a user-accessible camera until the release of the Nintendo DSi.
- The Game Boy Camera was used to take the photographs for the album cover of Neil Young’s Silver & Gold.
- The Game Boy Camera was featured prominently in the Hong Kong zombie film Bio Zombie.
- In Banjo-Tooie, Chris P. Bacon uses a Game Boy Camera to take pictures.
Pinoditart: Playing with Old Nintendo Gameboy
It shows that even though the technology is old it still manages to be a very fun device!