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Nintendo’s Misplaced Sport Boy Add On Would Have Had E mail

Images from a never before seen presentation showcasing the canceled PageBoy's software.

The Sport Boy Colour was launched in 1998, a couple of years earlier than the earliest and crudest smartphones had hit the market. Again then, the web was nonetheless pretty new and the thought of carrying round a single machine that would e-mail individuals, search the net, ship images and stream dwell movies was years and years away. But when a canceled Sport Boy Color accent, the PageBoy, had seen the sunshine of day, you may need been doing all that alongside Mario by way of a single add-on.

The Web page Boy was uncovered by online game historian, researcher, and journalist Liam Robertson. In a video out right now, Roberston revealed a complete bunch of particulars and pictures of the proposed machine for the primary time.

This odd machine was deliberate to make use of radio transmission expertise to let Sport Boy Colour house owners seek for info and browse worldwide information, recreation magazines, climate reviews, sports activities scores, and even, most ambitiously, watch dwell tv. This tech would additionally permit customers to contact and message different PageBoy house owners. This radio transmission expertise on the time was closely utilized by pagers, which is definitely the place the PageBoy title got here from.

Roberston spoke to some people who labored on the PageBoy venture with Nintendo in regards to the machine and the way it got here to be and what in the end killed it earlier than it noticed the sunshine of day. In line with these concerned, after a gathering with Nintendo of America in 1999, the corporate was excited in regards to the potential for the PageBoy, and for the following three years, Nintendo labored with Wizard—a gaggle created to assist handle the machine—to see if this add-on may truly be created and if it will find yourself being worthwhile.

A mock-up of the PageBoy showing how it would attach to the Game Boy console.

Whereas Nintendo was impressed by a lot of PageBoy’s options, together with the flexibility to ship photographs utilizing the Sport Boy digital camera and even the potential for Nintendo to ship dwell movies to PageBoy house owners by way of the radio transmission tech, it bumped into a significant roadblock. The machine relied on radio networks that solely existed in a choose few elements of the world, like the USA, significantly limiting the machine’s buyer base. In line with Robertson, he was informed that Nintendo believed the important thing to Sport Boy’s success was how common the {hardware} was, permitting customers world wide to play the identical video games with the identical options.

So, due to this, Nintendo reportedly canceled the venture in July 2002. Nevertheless, as identified by Roberston, most of the concepts proposed by Wizard for the PageBoy would find yourself turning into a actuality within the years that adopted. The thought of utilizing dwell video to announce video games to its fanbase is principally what Nintendo Directs are and the thought of sending messages and cute footage to people could be a characteristic within the Wii U and 3DS consoles. In a approach, the PageBoy was forward of its time, resulting in it by no means seeing the sunshine of day.

Final yr, Liam Robertson make clear an analogous add-on, the WorkBoy, in a video detailing the demise of that piece of {hardware}.

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