Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter
|Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter|
The Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter is a peripheral that allows players to play compatible Game Boy Advance games locally with other players who have a copy of the game without having to use a Link Cable. The device was released in 2004; while originally exclusively packaged with copies of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions at that game's release, it was later released as a standalone product at retail.
The product was designed by Masato Kuwahara, who had previously designed the Game Boy Camera. According to him, the idea for a wireless adapter was inspired by a group of employees who would play Diablo II across LAN at work. Kuwahara created a prototype using a set of Game Link Cables and a wireless module from a mobile phone, and used it to send emails. The device was originally planned to use Bluetooth, but the engineers could not "overcome the development hurdles at the time" and instead created their own wireless communication system.
Because the Game Boy micro has a different Link Cable port than the other two systems, the standard wireless adapter cannot be used with it. Instead, in 2005, a new version of the peripheral was released, the Game Boy micro Wireless Adapter. The Game Boy micro adapter could only be obtained directly from Nintendo.
Features and functionality
The Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter plugs into the system through the Link Cable port on its back, clipping into the two slots on both sides to hold it in place. While the adapter can be used in place of a Game Link Cable, it can only be used with games that are programmed to be compatible with the wireless adapter.
The wireless adapter uses a Motorola chip to communicate with other adapters at a 2.4Ghz signal. With certain exceptions, up to five systems can be connected locally at one time. The official range of the device is ten feet (three meters). The Wireless Adapter also has a search feature; by starting the system without a game cartridge inserted or by holding down Start and Select as the system boots up with a game inserted, the adapter will search for any compatible games that are being played and join single-pak multiplayer games.
The adapter was also built with the ability to download software from a parent unit, but this was never used. A similar functionality would later be used for the Nintendo DS, known as Download Play.
Compatible games released by Nintendo
|Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions||2004|
|Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong||2004|
|Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros.||2004|
|Classic NES Series: Ice Climber||2004|
|Classic NES Series: Dr. Mario||2004|
|Mario Golf: Advance Tour||2004|
|Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games||2004|
|Pokémon Emerald Version||2004|
|Mario Tennis: Power Tour||2005|
Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter on other NIWA Wikis:
- GDC: Nintendo Reveals 1,000 Point DSiWare Promotion, New Game for the U.S., DSi Secrets. Gamasutra (March 25, 2009). Retrieved January 5, 2017.
- Club Nintendo Original Design Wireless Adapter - Famicom Color [JP]. vgcollect. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
- Nintendo Wireless Adapter. IGN (January 30, 2004). Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- Game Boy Advance or Game Boy micro Wireless Adapter - Frequently Asked Questions. Nintendo Support. Retrieved January 5, 2017.