The Game Boy Camera (GBC) or Pocket Camera as released in Japan is an accessory for the Nintendo Game Boy handheld console. This wiki is dedicated to its history, technical details, and preservation of documentation. This wiki also includes and useful guides and tips on using the device. This wiki is an initiative by the Game Boy Camera Club discord.
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Game Boy Camera
Released on February 21, 1998 in Japan as the Pocket Camera and was available in four colors: ● Red, ● Green, ● Yellow, and ● Atomic Purple. North American release was on June 1, 1998 and European release on June 4, 1998. The international release omitted Atomic Purple and was available in ● Red, ● Green, ● Yellow, and ● Blue. A Legend of Zelda limited edition (2,000 units) ● Gold Game Boy Camera was available via Nintendo Power supplies catalog telephone order in the US.
Using the Game Boy Camera
- Tips and tricks
- Exporting images from the Game Boy Camera
- Tools to extract photos from a cartridge save data file (.sav)
Upgrades and modifications
- Lens Mounts
- Game Boy Camera Flashcart (DIY Replacement PCB) by HDR
- Game Boy Camera LED Flash (DIY Replacement Sensor PCB) by HDR
- Camera Sticker Templates
- Useful 3D Models and Prints
Custom ROM / ROM Hacks
- Photo! was formally known as "2bit PXLR Studio NEXT", started as fork of 2bit PXLR Studio and grown up as alternative replacement software for the GB Camera.
- 2bit PXLR Studio First ever custom replacement software for the Game Boy Camera. Exposes and allows control of all the camera sensor registers.
- Tool to inject your own frames in the original ROM
- How to replace the B Album photos in the original ROM
Game Boy Printer
Released in 1998 as the Pocket Printer in Japan. A thermal printer accessory designed for use with the Pocket Camera but also supported by other games among the Game Boy and Game Boy Color library. The printer works with 38mm wide thermal paper and is powered by six AA batteries. The original paper stock from Nintendo had adhesive backing so you could stick your prints. A Pikachu Yellow version Pocket Printer was released only in Japan.
Using the Game Boy Printer
Upgrades and modifications
In the Media
- Review on Inputmag.com: An extended review of the Game Boy Camera in 2021.
- Inputmag.com Tap: Article about people who use the Game Boy Camera in 2021.
- Gamerant.com: Short article featuring photos of some of the members of our community.
- Presentation for Hackerspace: Presentation held in April 2019 at Chaostreff Dortmund
- Game Boy Camera Club discord — Primary community for Game Boy Camera enthusiasts. Learn and get help related to all current developments.
- GameBoyManiac.com — Blog with useful articles on using the Game Boy Camera.
- Game Boy Camera Telegram — Not really active but still available
- Links to Instagram accounts