Game Boy Camera

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Game Boy Camera
Release date Japan February 21, 1998
USA June 1, 1998
Europe June 4, 1998
Discontinued 2002

Template:Quote2 The Game Boy Camera, known as Pocket Camera (ポケットカメラ, Poketto Kamera) in Japan, is an accessory for the Game Boy (and compatible with the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance) released in early 1998 which allows the user to take up to 30 grainy monochrome pictures (although that amount can be increased through third-party devices) and view them and edit them on the Game Boy screen and print them out using the Game Boy Printer. Game Freak was involved with its development.

The Japanese version can connect to Mario Artist: Paint Studio via Transfer Pak.

In other media[edit]

A Game Boy Camera inserted into a Game Boy Pocket in the comic

A comic called "Rummelplatzquatsch" was made to promote the Camera in Germany, and also featured the Camera heavily.

The comic centers around a Game Boy Camera used by a self-proclaimed fortune-teller to foresee the future. Mario falls for the trick when the Game Boy Camera depicts a toilet brush to him and few seconds later such a brush is dashed into his face indeed. Immediately he buys the Camera, being excited about foreseeing his own future. However, the device only brings misfortune to him. After depicting a cake, one is thrown into his face; after depicting a train, he is run down by one; and so on.

Trying to get rid of the Camera, Mario returns to the fortune-teller who turns out to be Luigi, explaining that it was just a normal Game Boy Camera he sold to his brother, and that it cannot foresee the future. He attempts to prove his point by turning the device on. After it shows Poochy, suddenly a herd of dogs enters the tent. Now Luigi is terrified as well and the brothers run away, dropping the Camera. At the end of the comic, the reader sees Satan's hand grabbing the Game Boy Camera, and it is explained that this is the only copy that has fallen into his hands.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Game Boy Camera.

Box art[edit]





  • In the 1999 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, the Game Boy Camera was listed as the world's smallest digital camera.[1]
  • While the Game Boy Camera features images of popular Nintendo entities, the user is able to access very strange images of people's faces drawn over. These faces can be accessed if the user presses "Run" numerous times, or if the user presses the A Button if they do not have enough frame shots. If this is done correctly, the faces will appear, with a caption saying "Who are you running from?" appearing. If the player tries to exit, the face might reappear, with the sign saying "Don't be so silly!" appearing. These also appear upon other errors, such as linking to an unavailable printer or creating an animation without pictures.


  1. ^ Young, M. May 1999. The Guinness Book of Records 1999, page 172.