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There are quite a few ways to get the images stored on a Game Boy Camera on your PC or Mac. Some methods are commercial ready-to-use, while others are do-it-yourself and may require soldering and/or knowledge of Arduino IDE. Most of the solutions behave as a [[Game Boy Printer emulator]] and require you to print the photos while some others require you to dump the [[RAM]].  
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There are quite a few ways to get the images stored on a Game Boy Camera on your PC or Mac. Some methods are commercial ready-to-use, while others are do-it-yourself and may require soldering and/or knowledge of Arduino IDE. Most of the solutions behave as a [[Game Boy Printer emulator]] and require you to print the photos while some others require you to dump the [[cartridge RAM]].  
  
 
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=== Game Boy Camera WiFi Printer ===
 
=== Game Boy Camera WiFi Printer ===
Similar to the BitBoy it emulates a Game Boy Printer and it supports batch printing. To get the images from the Wifi-printer you can connect to it's wifi hotspot and select the images through it's somewhat rudimentary web-interface. This device requires external USB power to work.
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The WiFi Printer was released in 2019. Similar to the BitBoy it operates as a [[Game Boy Printer emulator]] and it supports [[Tips and tricks|batch printing]]. It runs serves a minimal web-interface which can be accessed by connecting to its WiFi hotspot. The web interface allows applying some color palette changes and downloading the images to your local device. This device is not battery powered and requires external power over micro USB to run.
  
 
[https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-Gameboy-Camera-Wifi-Printer-Photo-Saver/333947826533 eBay product page]
 
[https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-Gameboy-Camera-Wifi-Printer-Photo-Saver/333947826533 eBay product page]

Revision as of 21:03, 9 April 2021

There are quite a few ways to get the images stored on a Game Boy Camera on your PC or Mac. Some methods are commercial ready-to-use, while others are do-it-yourself and may require soldering and/or knowledge of Arduino IDE. Most of the solutions behave as a Game Boy Printer emulator and require you to print the photos while some others require you to dump the cartridge RAM.

Commercial (ready-to-use) Solutions

BitBoy

The BitBoy was released in 2015. While it is not the cheapest solution, it is very easy-to-use. It connects to a Game Boy using a link cable and acts as a Game Boy Printer emulator. Images are stored onto an SD card. It can save many Game Boy Camera images in sequence using the batch print function. BitBoy can also save images from other games with Game Boy Printer support. It has an internal battery and charges over micro USB so it's easy to use on the go.

BitBoy product page

Game Boy Camera WiFi Printer

The WiFi Printer was released in 2019. Similar to the BitBoy it operates as a Game Boy Printer emulator and it supports batch printing. It runs serves a minimal web-interface which can be accessed by connecting to its WiFi hotspot. The web interface allows applying some color palette changes and downloading the images to your local device. This device is not battery powered and requires external power over micro USB to run.

eBay product page

With a Cartridge reader

You can dump the contents of a cartridge with a cartridge reader. This will give you a .rom file with the actual game and a .sav file with the save data. The last one has the photos in it, and the cool thing is that it even contains photos that have already been deleted on the Game Boy and that are not overwritten yet. The .sav file can be uploaded on the Game Boy Printer Web App (see below) or for example this page to decode the .sav and get the photos. Some cartreaders dump the photos right away like the Submodule GB-01

You need your PC for this so it's not really portable, but the cartridge reader can also be used to backup savegames from other game boy games, so it can be pretty useful.

DIY solutions

Mofosynes Printer Emulator

Image courtesy of https://gameboymaniac.com

This project has been around a long time, and has seen a lot of great improvements. It uses a simple arduino nano with a Link cable attached. To download the photos to your PC you connect the arduino to your PC and the Link cable to the Game Boy and use the print function on the Game Boy. You then catch the serial output of the arduino (with the Arduino IDE for example) and paste it in Mofosynes Webtool to decode the photos.

While this method is very cheap (an Arduino Nano goes for less than $10), it is not very portable and requires quite a few steps.

Herr Zatackes GB Printer Web app

Image courtesy of https://gameboymaniac.com

Using an ESP8266 wifi enabled board, Herr Zatacke has created a tool that can be used on the go and has it's own web interface. It has the option to use a small display as well. The web interface also is available on GitHub.io and can be used with the Mofosyne Printer Emulator or the .sav files dumped with a cartride reader.

The ESP8266 by default needs USB power, but if you are creative you can use a USB charging board with a battery and design your own enclosure for it all like on the photo below.

This tool is the most advanced and versatile option available. By far. It even offers synchronization with dropbox or a private GitHub repo.

Other solutions

Using original hardware

For the purists among us, it is possible to download the photos to your PC with original hardware. The result isn't great, and it's a lot of work though.

For this method you can put the Game Boy Camera cartridge in a Super Game Boy and use a Super Nintendo and a video capture card to make snapshots.

References

https://gameboymaniac.com/how-to-tranfer-photos-from-the-game-boy-camera-to-your-computer/

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