Game Boy Micro gets Japanese, European
More details revealed; diminutive handheld
will cost more outside of US.
TOKYO--With the North American Game Boy Micro
launch details now revealed, details on the system's debut for
the rest of the world couldn't be far behind.
Nintendo today announced that the Game Boy
Micro will release in Japan on September 13 (six days before the
North American launch) for 12,000 yen (roughly $109), and
European gamers will get treated more than a few days late and
more than a few dollars short with a November 4 launch at a 99
Euro (about $121) price point.
While Americans will see two colors of the
system on day one, each with three interchangeable faceplates,
Japanese gamers get their choice of five colored systems (but no
word on faceplates as of yet). In addition to the black and
silver models Nintendo plans to release in America, Japan will
see blue, purple, and Famicom (the Japanese NES system) color
schemes available for the system. All models of the handheld
will come with an AC adapter and a pouch.
The Game Boy Micro can play Game Boy Advance
games, but it isn't compatible with classic Game Boy cartridges
or the eReader peripheral. The handheld also requires an adapter
when connecting with GBA players, since it can't use the old
cables. Accessories to be released by Nintendo in Japan include
a cable adapter (800 yen, about $7) that lets the Game Boy Micro
connect using the old cables, a Game Boy Micro-specific
connection cable (1,400 yen, or $13), and a Game Boy Micro
wireless adapter (2,000 yen, around $18).
The September 13 release date in Japan
coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros.
series. To commemorate the portly plumbing pair's second decade,
Nintendo will be releasing a trio of Mario-related GBA games
that day: Mario Tennis Advance, Dr. Mario & Panel De Pon, and a
rerelease of Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros.