The Game Boy Printer (Japanese: ポケットプリンタ Pocket Printer) is a thermal printer designed for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Printer was released on June 1, 1998 in the United States alongside the Game Boy Camera. It prints images from compatible games on small rolls of thermal paper. Individual sheets are adhesive-backed and 3.8 cm (1.5 in) in diameter. The Game Boy Printer uses six AA batteries. It is compatible with all Game Boy models except for the Game Boy micro. A Link cable is required to connect the printer to a Game Boy. Nintendo stopped manufacturing the Game Boy Printer in 2003.
Pokémon games with Game Boy Printer support
Pokémon Yellow was the first Pokémon game to be compatible with the Game Boy Printer. It also boasts one of the highest levels of Printer support out of all the Pokémon games.
- Players can print out Pokédex entries. If a player has only seen and not captured the Pokémon, they may still print the entry, although it will be mostly empty.
- The chairman of the Pokémon Fan Club will offer to print out a photograph of one of the player's Pokémon. This will print out the Pokémon's sprite, stats, original Trainer, and moveset.
- Players can print out a list of Pokémon stored in their PC boxes.
- If a player completes the Pokédex and earns the Diploma, they may print out a copy of it.
- Players can print out their high scores from the Pikachu's Beach minigame.
The Generation II games continued to support the Game Boy Printer.
- Players can print out Pokédex entries. Like in Pokémon Yellow, players can print out data for Pokémon that have been seen or caught, although the "seen" data will be mostly empty.
- Players can print out one of their PC boxes.
- The Photo Studio in North East Cianwood allows for Trainers to print out the Pokédex or stats of one Pokémon.
- Completing the Unown Dex allows printing of the Unown sprites and text.
- Players can also print out Mail.
Players may print out their high score tables in Pokémon Pinball for the Game Boy Color.
Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color offered many options for players with a Game Boy Printer.
- Players can print out a list of their entire card collection.
- Players can print out individual cards from their collection.
- Players can print out their saved custom deck configurations.
- A special Pikachu Yellow Game Boy Printer was sold exclusively in Japan.
- The Pokéwalker's menu music in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is a remix of the Game Boy Printer's print screen music, its first appearance in nearly a decade.
- The printer paper rolls were marketed as being able to take 180 pictures per roll. Although when the dimensions of the paper and the margins the printer created between each picture are figured out mathematically a typical roll would only be able to take 118 pictures at most.
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