Nintendo turns paper trading cards into electronic fun, with the introduction of the innovative e-Reader. When swiped through the e-Reader, paper trading cards create new game play experiences in a number of ways, depending on the card. Applications for e-Reader cards can create entire video games playable on Game Boy Advance from just a single paper card. Other applications include enhancing game play or unlocking features in existing Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube video games.
Developed by Nintendo, the e-Reader connects to the Game Boy Advance via the cartridge slot and uses "Dot Code Technology" to read optical data imprinted on specially designed trading cards. The library of cards begins with Pokémon-e trading card game cards, to be distributed by Wizards of the Coast under license from Pokémon USA, Inc., which also can be used as a stand-alone trading card game; Animal Crossing-e cards that unlock features and heighten game play in the NINTENDO GAMECUBE game; and Game & Watch-e cards, which hold an entire game printed on a single card.
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. provides the "Dot Code Technology" used by the e-Reader to read data embedded on each e-Reader card. Each card can hold up to two code strips. A long bar holds 2.2 kilobytes of information and a short bar holds 1.4 kilobytes. The memory configuration in the e-Reader is 64 Mb mask ROM and 1 Mb flash memory. The scanned information transforms into a digital display on the Game Boy Advance screen.
Gameboy Advance e-Reader
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