The Game Boy Camera is arguably one of Nintendo’s strangest accessories for the Game Boy, but it’s also one of their best. This tiny digital camera is full of imagination and most importantly – Easter eggs and secrets!
Game Boy Camera Story
The Game Boy Camera (GBC), released as Pocket Camera in Japan, is a Nintendo accessory for the handheld Game Boy gaming console and was released on February 21, 1998 in Japan, which ceased manufacture in late 2002. It is compatible with all of the Game Boy platforms (including Super Game Boy and with the exception of Game Boy Micro).
The Game Boy Camera comes in five different standard colors: blue, green, red, yellow and clear purple (Japan only). There was also a limited edition gold The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time edition, which contains different stamps from the standard versions and was available only in the United States through a mail order offer from Nintendo Power.
Game Boy Camera
The Game Boy Camera’s software came with a few Easter eggs.
- If the “Run” button was pressed while the user was on one of menu screens, the game would sometimes freeze, and an image of a “vandalized” face would appear with the text “Who are you running from?” often startling the user with the image. Also, mainly during the game whenever it errors another vandalized image will appear with a disconcerting dooming 8 bit tone usually startling the viewers. Very rarely, it would appear along with another picture saying “Don’t be so silly!”. The international version of the game had three such faces, that would appear during different times, such as after system errors. The Japanese version had two faces different from the international version, including a young girl who is the daughter of one of the developers, with one face being the same between versions. The Japanese version read “How weak!” and “Let me be alone!” Usually, however, a different screen that has a picture of Africa and says, “You are now crossing the equator – Jambo Nintendo!” pops up.
- Selecting credits on the personalization menu (accessed with the start button) before unlocking it by clearing Run! Run! Run! in under 22 seconds (or afterwards by pressing B during or after they start) does not show any actual credits; instead, a dancing man would appear on the screen.
- In addition, the music from the main menu screen bears a striking resemblance to the hit reggae song “Pass the Dutchie” by the group Musical Youth.
- On the title screen, pressing the up button on the D-pad will make Mario dance faster, and pressing the down button on the D-pad will make him dance slower.
- While taking a picture, if any button on the D-pad is pressed rapidly, the color palette would flip, causing white to become black, and vice versa on the monochrome (4 color) screen. This is complete with the sound effect of a car honking.
In the below video guide to the Game Boy Camera, the folks at Pug Hoof Gaming take a look at how this Game Boy accessory works, how to get the best out of it and also how it works with the Nintendo 64’s Transfer Pak accessory and the 64DD disk drive via Mario Artist: Paint Studio and Mario Artist: Talent Studio!
What do you think about all this Game Boy Camera Easter Eggs?