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WideBoy’s Big Brother

Not this kind of WideBoy

No, this isn’t about CHI, this is about the recent eBay auction for a Famicom Wideboy that went for a staggering $1500:

Very Rare Nintendo Wide Boy development System. Allows you to play original Game Boy games on your Twin Famicom System (Japanese NES System that plays both Disk System and regular 60 pin Famicom cartridges). Used by magazine editors to take various screenshots of games in full size screens. These exist in Game Boy large style play kiosk systems from Toys R Us or from defunct video game magazines. This particular one is from a defunct company that used it for screenshots for strategy guides. FREE shipping. Tested and works.

As it turns out, I have a similar device for the N64, though I only have the cartridge interface that you plug a GameBoy game into and then that snaps into a standard N64:



Wikipedia adds:

Developed by Intelligent Systems, the Wide-Boy 64 (CGB/AGB) is a rather obscure series of adapters similar to the Super Game Boy that was able to play Game Boy games; however, it was only released to the developers and the press and was never released to the public. A device similar to the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player, the Wide-Boy 64 allows video game developers to play Game Boy Color games on the television screen in a similar fashion as the Game Boy Player does with Game Boy Advance games and the Super Game Boy with original Game Boy games. It also allowed the gaming press to capture screen shots more easily. Like the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player, the game screen itself is surrounded by a template mimicking the appearance of the portable system. It was not a consumer product as only developers and magazines could purchase one from Nintendo at a cost of $1400 USD a piece.

So, there ya go, Nerd, pics!

(And yes, I do need to clean under my nails.)

H/T: Gamesniped via Tiny Cartridge

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