CES - Nintendo puts Game Boy in autos with Visteon

Nintendo's Game Boy Advance titles will soon be playable on a portable in-car entertainment system.

Nintendo Co. has licensed its Game Boy Advance technology to automotive electronics supplier Visteon to use as part of a new portable gaming system for bored passengers, the companies announced Thursday at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Dubbed the "ultimate backseat babysitter" by Visteon's Greg Gyllstrom, vice president and general manager for the company's North American aftermarket business, the Dockable Family Entertainment System will now play game cartridges for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance as well as DVDs, executives said at a press conference.

The Dockable Entertainment system resembles a small laptop computer or portable DVD player, with a 10.2-inch screen. It can be used as a laptop, or docked into a port on the inside roof of a car. The system hangs upside-down when docked into its port, with the screen folding down like other portable automotive DVD players.

A wireless controller and wireless headseats come standard with the system, Gyllstrom said. Users can play any of their Game Boy Advance titles on the system, or plug in another Game Boy to allow two players to compete against each other for bragging rights or the honor of choosing the restaurant at the next rest area on their journey.

Nintendo has licensed its games and other technology to other device makers in the past, such as for use in hotel entertainment systems or on airlines, said Peter Eck, director of Nintendo Gateway Products for Nintendo of America. But this is the first time Nintendo has licensed the technology to a portable device maker, he said.

Visteon will not formally release the Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance until April, and the company does not plan to release pricing information until then, Gyllstrom said. He likewise declined to name any automotive manufacturers that have contracted for the system, but Visteon already has BMW Group and Nissan Motor Corp. as customers for its Dockable Family Entertainment System, he said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tom Krazit

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?