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Nintendo drop European e-Reader

Nintendo have dropped the Game Boy Advance e-Reader from their Euro schedule, causing angry fans to storm Nintendo HQ with pitchforks.
Okay, they haven’t yet, but they will. Nintendo, in another swipe at its European fans, has ditched the Game Boy Advance e-Reader peripheral from it’s European release schedule, leaving us once more in the dark and shaking our fists like an irate farmer. The e-Reader, which allowed users to add new content to existing GBA games, was a big success in Japan and was even given away for FREE in America. Working mainly with games like Pokemon and the like, the small peripheral perched on the back of the GBA, allowing you to swipe through cards and add extra levels, characters and cheats to your current GBA collection. At least, it does everywhere but Europe.

It’s yet another Euro snub by Nintendo, who seem to be forgetting that Europe is actually the biggest games market on Planet Earth. Only last week, we heard the news that the massively hyped Animal Crossing game had been gifted an Australian PAL release, but Johnny Europe has to sit at home and twiddle his European thumbs, because it just ain’t coming. Despite a huge demand for Animal Crossing in the UK, Nintendo have even gone so far as blocking importers from selling foreign copies of the game, seemingly determined to stop people from ordering games from abroad. Nice going, Big N.

The no-show of the GBA e-Reader over here raises some prickly questions over GBA game content too. For example, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 has unlockable content that can only be plundered via the e-Reader – does no swipe thingy mean less game content? Are we that bad a continent that was deserve even smaller games? Bah. Nintendo aren’t stupid, in fact, they’re probably the most savvy of the big three, but why do we get the feeling that Nintendo Europe HQ is just three people sitting in an empty warehouse?

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