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One of the many niche oddball Nintendo peripherals of the ’90s was the Game Boy Printer — a blocky chunk of plastic that could be connected to your little game console’s fellow Game Boy Camera, which would print out some intensely gray-scale portraits. The staticky monochromatic aesthetic of the printer pictures is semi-iconic, and it looks like we almost got a color version of the same product.

The news comes from a datamine of Mario Artist Paint Studio, released on the Japan-only N64DD back in 1999. In the files is a text box that translates to “Color Printer communication has occurred,” along with other elements that confirm that a Pocket Printer Color was almost real, or at least real enough to be implemented in other materials.


Crazy that we find these things out two decades after the fact. What other secrets are just lurking in the code of years-old video games, waiting to be discovered? We’ll be sure to report any others we find.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.