Like the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable
, this device allows for multiplayer gaming
with the Game Boy Advance, and attaches via the External Extension Connector. The range of this adapter is short compared to the built-in wireless function of the Game Boy Advance's successor, the Nintendo DS
: Nintendo recommends players stay within 10 ft. (about 3m) of each other for best results. Note that due to the Game Boy Micro
's different style link cable port, the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter will not attach to it. However, a Game Boy micro Wireless Adapter
is available for the Micro which is compatible for linking with the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter. Neither wireless adapter can connect with the Nintendo DS
since the DS does not support multiplayer mode in Game Boy Advance games.
One of the wireless adapter's greatest uses is in Pokémon FireRed, Pokémon LeafGreen, and Pokémon Emerald. While all three still support the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable, up to thirty-nine wireless adapter-connected players can convene in a virtual in-game lobby called the "Union Room" for battles and trades. The wireless adapter is also used in Pokémon games to download special data via the Mystery Gift option at various Pokémon-related events. Besides the Union Room in certain Pokémon versions, the wireless adapter only supports up to five players.
A major drawback of the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter is that it is not backwards compatible; that is, it will only work with games that have been programmed to support the wireless adapter. As of April 2007, only about twenty Game Boy Advance games support the wireless adapter, many of the supported games are those in the Classic NES Series.
This feature can be accessed when no game cartridge
is present or when the Game Boy is just starting up presses Start and Select in the Game Boy Advance. Simply turn on the system with only the wireless adapter inserted. It will continually search for compatible games that are being played nearby. This allows players to easily see who is hosting a game that can be joined.
Marketing and pricing
The accessory was packaged with Pokémon FireRed
and Pokémon LeafGreen
, but it has not been released in other package deals. Nintendo of America sells the device separately on its online store for USD
There are some third-party devices that use the wireless functionality but act more like a link cable.