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Nintendo Revolutionizes Trading Cards


Nintendo Revolutionizes Trading Cards

In the past, if you wanted to add functionality to your trading cards, you could stick them in the spokes of your bicycle to get a great tick-tick-tick sound as you rode. Now Nintendo is giving card traders something more high tech to do with their acquisitions. The new e-Reader turns paper trading cards into electronic games for the Game Boy Advance.

Like swiping a credit card, sliding a special card through the e-Reader allows the encoded contents to download to the Game Boy Advance unit. The cards also enhance game play on Nintendo GameCube.

The e-Reader, with a suggested retail price of $39.95, includes a set of cards with one classic NES game, either Donkey Kong Jr.-e or Pinball-e, and a sample pack of five e-Reader cards. The sample pack includes the Manhole-e Game&Watch game, one Animal Crossing-e card, which connects to the Nintendo GameCube, and three cards from the Pokémon-e: Expedition series. Additional e-Reader card packs will retail from $1.95 to $4.95.

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