The Game Boy turned 32 yesterday, and if you’re old enough to start enjoying that particular handheld sooner, you may remember the Game Boy printer, one of the craziest accessories ever made for a game console.
The battery-operated thermal printer is connected to your Game Boy and enables you to print out images recorded with the Game Boy camera. It had its limits – the monochrome images were printed on a roll of cheap paper and looked pretty rough – but it was typical of Nintendo’s desire to think outside the box.
Fast forward to 2021, and Nintendo is kind of livening up the concept. In collaboration with Fujifilm, a service has been developed that allows you to wirelessly print screens from your switch thanks to the wireless printer ‘instax mini Link’ from Fujifilm and a new smartphone app.
The app allows you to scan screenshots from the switch using a QR code and then send them to the printer for a hard copy. You can add frames from 3 Nintendo titles (Super Mario, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and New Pokémon Snap) and add special effects.
To celebrate the collaboration, an exclusive instax mini Link printer is being made, which comes in special Nintendo packaging. There will also be a special Pikachu-shaped rubber sleeve for the printer.
The app can be downloaded for free and started on April 30, 2021. Fujifilm has Approved that both the printer and the app will be available outside of Japan; In the UK you will get £ 109.99 back.