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 September 18, 2002
January 20, 2018
An air hockey game on one card.
It was free from Toys Я Us stores in North America in 2002.
It was included with the e-Reader in Australia.
The WEC Museum owns two of these cards.
Balloon Fight-e Balloon-fight-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.
Baseball-e Baseball-e-card.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 Five card emulated version of the 1985 NES game.
Clu Clu Land-e Clu-Clu-Land-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 March 16, 2021 Five card emulated version of the 1985 NES game.
Donkey Kong-e Donkey-kong-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.
Donkey Kong Jr.-e Donkey-Kong-Jr-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 March 16, 2020 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.
Donkey Kong 3-e Donkey-kong-3-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 April 12, 2020 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.
Excitebike-e Excitebike-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 March 16, 2020 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.
Golf-e Golf-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 March 16, 2021 Five card emulated version of the 1985 NES game.
Ice Climber-e Ice Climber-e.jpg Nintendo 2002 August 14, 2020 Five card emulated version of the 1985 NES game.
Manhole-e Manhole-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 September 18, 2017 One card remake of the 1981 Game & Watch game, Manhole.
Mario Bros.-e Mario Bros.-e.jpg Nintendo 2002 April 4, 2020 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.
Pinball-e Pinball-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 March 16, 2021 Five card emulated version of the 1985 NES game.
Tennis-e Tennis-e-cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 January 20, 2018 Five card emulated version of the 1985 NES game.
Urban Champion-e Urban Champion-e cover.jpg Nintendo 2002 October 5, 2020 Five card emulated version of the 1986 NES game.