Game News Game Boy: These 10 crazy accessories really exist
The Game Boy rocked the childhood of many gamers. From Pokémon to Tetris, through Super Mario Land and Zelda, Nintendo’s portable console scores with its games, but not only. Many accessories also made the Game Boy famous. Today we are not going to talk about the Light Boy or the Game Link, but about other lesser known accessories that you may have forgotten about. A look back at the 10 most unlikely Game Boy accessories.
The BarCode Boy
If today we know amiibo, these figurines that allow you to get new game characters on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch, we know that the experiments of a different date from it’s been a long time. In fact, during the Game Boy era, Namco offered us the BarCode Boy. This small peripheral attached to your console allows you to scan special cards to get extra game content. As you can imagine, some Namco titles take full advantage of this accessory, such as Monster Maker: Barcode Saga. This strategy game was released in Japan in 1993 only. As you can imagine, few games are compatible with BarCode Boy and they are even less to set foot in the lands of the West, which prevented BarCode Boy from getting much fame. .
The Boom Box Boy
At the beginning of the 2000s, a new accessory hit the market: the Boom Box Boy. En plugging this little device into your Game Boy Pocket or Game Boy Color, along with a special pair of headphones, you can listen to the radio. A small gadget that allows young people without a radio to get one at a lower cost… at least in theory. Because in practice the Boom Box Boy is not the most practical. Very weak, it offers few features for many constraints. Suffice it to say that the device quickly lost interest, especially with the arrival of the era of walkmans and CDs, which flowed in the path of this small portable radio.
The Booster Boy/Handy Boy
The whole point of a portable console is in the fact that you can easily take it anywhere you want. But that always has to do with the need to compromise the performance of its console and this is clearly the case with the Game Boy. Various companies are trying to solve this problem, such as Saitek which launched one of the biggest unofficial accessories: the Booster Boy. This huge machine that expands (slightly) the capacities of your Game Boy takes away its main asset: its portability. Despite the very strange side of this accessory, Nintendo was seduced by the idea and gave the famous Licensed by Nintendo seal to another device like this: the STD Handy Boy.
The Game Boy Camera (and its Game Boy Printer)
Who says taking selfies and other souvenir photos is a new trend? Indeed, 30 years ago we did not have Instagram and wives, but who, at that time, did not have the right to a small disposable camera to immortalize their most beautiful holidays? And for the lucky ones, all you have to do is bring your Game Boy and your little camera. Known as the Pocket Camera in Japan, the Game Boy Camera went on sale in 1998. Its purpose? Boost sales of a console that is gradually reaching the end of its life. In what way? By allowing you to take and save up to 40 photos. And if you have the Game Boy Printer extension, you can print it like a Polaroid!
The Game Boy Pocket Sonar
Playing on your console in the middle of a fishing session while waiting for a fish to bite the hook is a common use. But using your console for fishing is still not possible. And yet it was possible on the Game Boy. No, the console does not serve as a bait or fishing rod, but allows, thanks to the Game Boy Pocket Sonar, to find swimming fish. Thanks to an ultrasonic sensor and the mini sonar connected to your console, your Game Boy can ensure you a most productive fishing session. Note that Bandai sells the same type of accessory for its Wonderswan.
You’ve probably heard of games aimed at young children and trying to get them to enjoy brushing their teeth or taking medicine. But do you know Glucoboy? If not, its name may put you on the right path, because it is like a glucometer, this blood sugar meter used by most diabetics. No doubt you are beginning to understand where we are taking you. Glucoboy is a Game Boy gadget that allows children to control their blood sugar using their favorite console. The idea came from a father, Paul Wessel, who one day made a good observation: if his son with diabetes kept losing his glucometer, he wouldn’t let go of his Game Boy. Thus was born Glucoboy, a glucometer that allows you to unlock mini games on your Game Boy Advance when your blood sugar level is good.
We return to the health side of PediSedate, a very special accessory. If you’re a lover of etymology, you’ll no doubt see where we’re going. PediSedate is an accessory for children (pedi) and let them be silenced (calm). When it is said like this, it seems strange, the accessory is intended for purely medical and controlled use. In order not to panic a child in the process of surgery or tampering with his jaw, we let him play his favorite game on the Game Boy while wearing a rather small colored helmet… who administered anesthetic gas to him as if nothing had happened. Despite renewed interest at the end of the 2000s, PediSedate nevertheless failed to become more popular.
The Singer Izek
This accessory can not be that it can be one of the most known: the Singer Izek, with nothing but a sewing machine. The result of a collaboration between the Singer company and Nintendo, this great accessory allows you to do some sewing thanks to your Game Boy Color. By inserting it into the machine, you can control it with the keys on your console. Singer Izek allows you to sew pre-defined patterns as well as imagine your own creations. Surprisingly, the machine received some success that pushed Singer to release 3 versions: two Japanese (the Jaguar JN-2000 and the Jaguar JN-100) and one American (the IZEK 1500). As for the games, at least five of them are compatible, including a Jaguar Mishin Sashi Senyou Soft: Mario Family that allows you to sew your favorite characters from the Mario universe.
The Solar Pack
Do you know the Naki company? If today the ecology takes more place (big reason for the next Zevent especially), this company has already become this hobbyhorse of the 90s. Its purpose is to make players feel a more ecological. With its batteries and all its small components, the Game Boy is not exactly an example in terms of carbon emissions. To limit the damage to the bit, Naki came up with a rather special battery to attach to his Game Boy. To recharge it, you don’t need electricity, the power of the sun. The slight inconvenience, and not the least, is far from this source of energy, the battery lasted only seven short hours.
We ended up with a pretty special accessory because it hasn’t been sold yet. It was in 2020 that video game historian Liam Robertson discovered a strange keyboard whose usefulness he did not understand. But man goes on and on to meet the creators of this amazing WorkBoy. They explained that immediately the WorkBoy is designed to connect to a Game Boy (via Game Link) and allow it to run office applications such as a calendar or an address book. As a result of the collaboration between the company Fabtek and Nintendo, it was mainly shown at CES 1992. But then, after that, we no longer hear about this accessory. In question, the production costs are particularly high. So the WorkBoy never saw the light of day and only two prototypes exist today.