Cards

Did you know that Nintendo started out as a card-making company way back in 1889? While Nintendo no longer makes those original cards, the tradition continues. This section is designed to offer assistance with the various types of cards Nintendo manufactures and supports. Please select a topic below.

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  • What are the different types of cards that Nintendo makes?
    Nintendo has made a wide variety of different card series. In addition to their collectibility, each card has its own unique features and uses. Please read the breakdown below for more information on the different types of cards.

    Various cards are available through Nintendo's online store (U.S. and Canadian residents only). Click here for a list of available cards.

    • Pokémon Trading Card Game cards are a continuation of the popular Pokémon card game. In addition to the card game, card sets produced before August of 2004 that feature the "Pokémon-e" on the package are designed to work with Nintendo's Game Boy Advance systems and the e-Reader accessory. For more information about the Pokémon Trading Card Game, including rulings, organized play, and much more, please visit www.pokemon.com.
    • Limited Edition Cards are cards that are released through various events and promotions. Past cards have been included in Pokémon games, such as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and as special inserts in Nintendo Power Magazine. Different cards are designed with different features, from basic info about your favorite Nintendo character, to features designed to work with the Nintendo e-Reader.
    • Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version (No longer produced) cards are designed to work with the Nintendo e-Reader to download information which enables players to engage in unique trainer battles in the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire games. Each of the special Battle-e card packs include 16 Trainer cards and 2 Berry cards. The Trainer cards allow players to unlock a special "Mystery Event" where they can enjoy special trainer battles. Berry cards award players with various berries not found during normal game play.
    • Nintendogs Collectible Cards
      Complimenting the wildly popular Nintendogs games for the Nintendo DS, Nintendogs collectible trading cards feature all 18 puppies found in the games, as well as fun facts and trivia on all the available breeds. Cards come in packs of six, and also include stickers and tattoos! For more information on Nintendogs trading cards, please visit www.nintendogs.com/cards.
    • Animal Crossing-e (No longer produced) cards are designed to work with the Nintendo GameCube game, Animal Crossing. Using a Game Boy Advance system and a Nintendo e-Reader, items and games can be downloaded into your Animal Crossing game.
    • The Mario Party-e (No longer produced) card game, which is based on the best-selling Mario Party video games for N64 and Nintendo GameCube, brings the same frantic action to a stand alone card game. Up to 4 players per deck compete by collecting coins and Superstar Items. Players can challenge each other to fast-paced e-Reader mini games (e-Reader is not required to play the Mario Party-e card game, however) on their way to becoming a Mario Party Superstar. Mario Party-e comes with 64 cards (some featuring mini games embedded in Dot Code) and a play mat.
    • NES-e Classic Game (No longer produced) card packs contain five cards that are designed to work with Nintendo's Game Boy Advance systems and the e-Reader accessory. By scanning the five NES-e cards with the e-Reader, you are able to download an entire classic NES game onto your Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Advance SP.
    • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3-e (No longer produced) cards give players enhanced game play to the Game Boy Advance game Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, through the use of the e-Reader accessory. In each pack are three types of cards: Level cards, which add all-new levels to the game; Demo cards, which show the secrets (and hidden areas) in the game; and Power-up cards, which give players various in-game items such as 1ups, Tanooki Suits, etc.
    • Game & Watch-e (No longer produced) cards contain Game & Watch favorites like Fire, Vermin, Helmet and Flagman, and are just some of the more than 25 games in the Game & Watch-e series that can be downloaded with the Nintendo e-Reader to a Game Boy Advance system. Included in the series are classic Game & Watch games, special color versions of the classic games, and highly collectable rare versions that replace Mr. Game & Watch with popular Nintendo characters.

  • What are the Dot Codes on the edges of some of the cards?
    Cards with a Dot Code along the edges are specially-designed cards that are compatible with the Nintendo e-Reader. The e-Reader is an accessory that connects to a Game Boy Advance system or a Nintendo GameCube (the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Link Cable or the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Player is required). Scanning certain cards enables players to access certain features, characters, items, or even complete classic NES games.
  • Have a general question about your cards (including how to play)?

    • Pokémon Trading Card Game
      If you have a question about the Pokémon Trading Card Game, please visit www.pokemon.com. This website has information on such things as learning how to play, obtaining a ruling, organized play, and a whole lot more.

      If you don't find the information you need on this website, you can email send an email to customerservice@pokemon.com.

    • All Other Types of Cards

      • e-Reader Cards (NES-e Classic Game, Animal Crossing-e, or Mario Party-e cards), please email us with any issues you have with these cards.
      • Nintendogs Collectible Cards
        For more information on Nintendogs Collectible Cards, including a downloadable checklist, please visit www.nintendogs.com/cards. If you need further assistance, please email our Consumer Service Department.