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Punching Weight: Secrets of the Nintendo GBA e-Reader

The Nintendo e-Reader is a little remembered card-reader add-on for the Game Boy Advance. Despite the GBA being a massive success for Nintendo, this swiss-army-knife-of-a-peripheral was not. This is Punching Weight, and we're going to investigate what made the e-Reader so great as well as what was its downfall.

Thanks to MarioCheated for the heads up!

Did You Know Gaming - Mother 3

In this video, Did You Know Gaming covers some history, secrets and Easter eggs from Mother 3 and its music for the Game Boy Advance (GBA). We look at everything from the original Mother and Earthbound, Mother 3's development on the Nintendo 64 (N64) and all the way to Lucas appearance in Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo renews trademarks for four more titles, including Golden Sun


Nintendo has filed renewed trademarks for new bunch of titles. The selection includes Wrecking Crew, Rhythm Heaven, Super Mario Sluggers and Golden Sun. We imagine that this is purely to protect their properties.

Fan-Art: What would The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time be like on the Game Boy Advance?

I always think about what games would be like if they were released on other platforms. If Nintendo ever decided to actually do this, I'd definitely love to give it a go!

Thanks to MarioCheated for the heads up!

Nintendo hits 727 million hardware units sold in total

Nintendo has moved a LOT of hardware since they started selling game platforms. Nintendo's most recent financial report confirms that the company has sold 727.65 million units of hardware, with 300.54 million units in consoles, and 427.11 million units in handhelds.

Nintendo Home Console Sales (all numbers in millions)

NES — 61.91
SNES — 49.10
N64 — 32.93
GameCube — 21.74
Wii — 101.63
Wii U — 13.56
Switch — 19.67

Total: 300.54 million

Nintendo Handheld Sales (all numbers in millions)

Game Boy — 118.69 (includes Color)
Game Boy Advance — 81.51
DS — 154.02
3DS — 72.89

Total: 427.11 million

Fan-Art: GBA SP gets a Zelda: Breath of the Wild makeover

I love a simple and clean piece of tribute art, and this GBA SP definitely fits the bill. A little bit of paint and some designs any Zelda: Breath of the Wild fan will recognize make for one gorgeous redesign.

Nintendo sends DMCA notice to GitHub for GBA emulator

Nintendo has sent a DMCA notice to GitHub about their browser-based GBA emulator. Nintendo is looking for the site to remove the emulator, but GitHub is yet to respond to the request. It will be interesting to see what happens here, as emulators exist in somewhat of a grey area. When it comes to ROMs themselves, the situation is cut-and-dry. With emulators, there's certainly a bit of wiggle room.

Golden Sun illustrator passes away

We're sad to report that Hiroshi Kajiyama, the artist behind Golden Sun and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, has passed away. The news was shared by Kajiyama’s son via Twitter. No details on Kajiyama's passing were given. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the loss of Hiroshi.

Huge Deleted Level Recovered From "LEGO Star Wars" Prototype

Why was it deleted? How does it look now? What is still missing? I take you through everything...

Did You Know Gaming - Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire

Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs from Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire! These Pokémon games were made by Game Freak and published by Nintendo outside of Japan for the Game Boy Advance (GBA). The games would later receive and update in the form of Pokemon Emerald, and were even remade on the Nintendo 3DS as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This episode starts off with an interesting Pokemon Easter egg about the Aggron line and its connections to Pulgasari.