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After over 20 years of sitting in the dark, a new Nintendo discovery has been made thanks to Liam Robertson from DidYouKnowGaming?. The Game Boy Color add-on Page Boy has come to light decades after the project was scrapped, and it is such an interesting add-on that could have complimented some games on the handheld system.
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The origins go back to another cancelled peripheral project for the Game Boy Color known as the Work Boy, which came from English studio Source Research and Development. This would have been a productivity add-on. Its inventor, Eddie Gil, then gave things another shot with the Page Boy.
The Page Boy would have brought about many different features for the Game Boy Color, and it would have been the most ambitious peripheral for the handheld system. This would have included communication between users by sending messages, photos, and emails, among other things. It also would have been possible to browse the internet to receive news updates.
There was other functionality planned as well, such as a Mario-themed search engine and being able to read a version of the Nintendo Power magazine. That plus access to world news, sports results, and weather forecasts would have been a great add-on in the late 90s/early 2000s. All of this would have been possible with radio waves, using the same frequency used by most two-way pagers at the time, which is where the Page Boy name comes from.
Perhaps one of the most ambitious proposed features is something called Game Boy Live TV, where users would be able to check out game-related information about upcoming products in real time.
Nintendo seemed very interested in the Page Boy initially and even put three years of work into the project. Unfortunately, it was outright cancelled due to the company’s belief that it would not have the potential to catch on worldwide. Nintendo found that there were no cost-effective duplex wireless data networks covering Japan or Europe, meaning it would have been limited to North America only.
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