Nintendo e-Reader

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e-Reader
Developer Nintendo, HAL Laboratory, Creatures, Olympus Optical
Publisher Nintendo
Systems Game Boy Advance
Released Card e-Reader
JP: December 2001
Card e-Reader+
JP: 2002
e-Reader
NA: September 2002
AU: October 2003
Added to Museum September 18, 2017

The e-Reader, known as the Card e-Reader (カードeリーダー) in Japan, was a device by Nintendo utilizing dot code technology created by Olympus Optical.

It was a peripheral for the Game Boy Advance that would read a barcode on cards, which would allow the device to play games, unlock features in games, or play Nintendo Entertainment System games through an emulator contained in the read only memory of the device.

Versions

The original Card e-Reader lacked link-cable support. It was released in Japan in December 2001.

The Card e-Reader+ added link-cable support, allowing it to link up with a GameCube or another Game Boy Advance system. It was released in Japan in 2002.

The e-Reader was the international release and it was based on the Card e-Reader+. It was released in North America in September 2002 and in Australia in October 2003.

e-Reader games owned by the WEC Museum

Title Image Developer Released Added to Museum Notes
Air Hockey-e Air-hockey-e-card.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 A one card air hockey game for the e-Reader that was given out for free at Toys R Us stores in 2002.
Balloon Fight-e Balloon-fight-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 A five card game for the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator on the e-Reader.
Baseball-e Baseball-e-card.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 A five card game for the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator on the e-Reader.
Donkey Kong-e Donkey-kong-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 A five card game for the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator on the e-Reader.
Manhole-e Manhole-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 September 18, 2017 A one card remake of the Game & Watch game, Manhole, for the e-Reader.
Tennis-e Tennis-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 A five card game for the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator on the e-Reader.