Game Boy Player

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Game Boy Player
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s) JP March 20, 2003
EU June 20, 2003
NA June 24, 2003
Genre(s) Utility
Input methods GameCube Controller, Game Boy Advance
Compatibility 2Stars2.pngEdit rating: Game Boy Player
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The Game Boy Player (ゲームボーイプレーヤー, Gēmu Bōi Purēyā) (DOL-017) is a device made by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube which enables Game Boy (although Super Game Boy enhancements are ignored), Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance cartridges to be played on a television. It connects via the high speed parallel port at the bottom of the GameCube and requires use of a boot disc to access the hardware. Unlike devices such as Datel's Advance Game Port, the Game Boy Player does not use software emulation, but instead uses physical hardware nearly identical to that of a Game Boy Advance.


Freeze on Start

This software will freeze Dolphin with the error below due to the lack of Game Boy Player hardware emulation. See issue 2163.


No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this title.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Game Boy Player since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21734 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
r7719 Windows 7 Intel Pentium 4 NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS Wouldn't even start emulation, kept showing error message NaokiS
3.0-374 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2400 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Emulation runs, gets error message saying that Game Boy Player is not plugged in. sonicdude558
4.0.2 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 B55 3.2 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Runs and correctly displays that there is no player connected. Huenex
4.0.2 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7-3630QM @ 2.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M It runs but stop in "Game Boy Player not connected" screen mbc07
5.0-rc-0 Ubuntu 14.04 Intel Pentium B960 @ 2.2 GHz Intel HD Graphics Can't play any Game Boy games, because the Game Boy Player hardware is not emulated. GameCubeFan

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