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The eReader is an accessory for the Game Boy Advance and was first released in Japan in December 2001, with a North American release following in September 2002. It was never released in Europe.
The eReader scans eCards, which have dot codes that grant items such as minigames, items, etc. There are eCards for some GameCube games, such as Animal Crossing.
Animal Crossing eCards
Many types of eCards are available for Animal Crossing. They can be accessed via the eReader machine in the Post Office.There are:
These are the same as character cards, except they contain codes on both sides. They are called sibling cards because the characters on the cards are related, such as Timmy and Tommy Nook, Pelly and Phyllis, and Officers Copper and Booker.
These contain designs that the player can wear as shirts or umbrellas, hang as flags, or spread on the floor or wall in the player's house.
When swiped across the eReader, they allow minigames such as jump roping.
NES Game Cards
These cards allow NES games to be played, many of them available on Animal Crossing.
These NES games were available on eReader:
- Balloon Fight
- Clu Clu Land
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Donkey Kong 3
- Ice Climber
- Mario Bros.
- Urban Champion
Four NES games were not available in the original Animal Crossing. Two of them had eCards that were not available in Japan.
The two with eReader support are:
- Mario Bros. (Arcade Classics)
- Ice Climber
The other forbidden two are:
- Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros.
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Some people say that they were meant to be released by a universal code, or Nintendo wanted to release eCards but didn't because people lost interest in the system.
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