Game Boy Color was released in 1998, years before the earliest and most rude smartphones hit the market.… At the time, the Internet was still quite new, and the idea of carrying around a single device that could send people email, search the Internet, send photos and broadcast live video was far behind. But if canceled Game boy coloIf the accessory, the PageBoy, saw the light of day, you might have done it all with Mario with a single add-on.
Paige Boy was discovered by a video game historian, researcher, and journalist. Liam Robertson… In today’s video, Roberston revealed for the first time many details and images of the proposed device.
This strange device was supposed to use radio transmission technology to Game Boy color Owners search for information and read international news, gaming magazines, weather reports, sports scores and even, most ambitiously, watching live TV. This technology will also allow users to contact and send messages to other PageBoy owners. This radio transmission technology was actively used by pagers at that time, hence the name PageBoy.
Roberston spoke to some of the people who worked on the PageBoy project with Nintendo about the device, how it came about and what ultimately killed it before it was released. After meeting Nintendo of America in 1999, the company was excited about the potential of PageBoy, and for the next three years Nintendo worked with Wizard – a group created to help manage the device – to see if this add-on could actually be created, and if it turns out to be profitable.
While Nintendo was impressed with many of PageBoy’s features, including the ability to send images using the Game Boy camera and even Nintendo’s ability to send live videos to PageBoy owners via radio transmission technology, it ran into a major hurdle. The device relied on radio networks that only existed in a select few parts of the world, such as the United States, which severely limited the device’s customer base. According to Robertsonhe was told that Nintendo believes the key to the Game Boy’s success is hardware versatility, allowing users around the world to play the same games with the same features.
So, because of this, Nintendo reportedly canceled the project in July 2002. However, as Roberston pointed out, many of the Wizard’s ideas for the PageBoy have come true over the years. The idea of using live video to announce games to your fans is basically what Nintendo Directs is about, and the idea of sending messages and cute pictures to people would be a feature on Wii U and 3DS consoles. In a way, PageBoy was ahead of his time, with the result that he never saw daylight.