e-Reader - Using the e-Reader with Animal Crossing

Please Note: The steps below apply to both the Game Boy Advance, and the Game Boy Advance SP, unless specially noted.

Using the e-Reader with Animal Crossing is a two step process. First, the e-Reader must be prepared for use with Animal Crossing. Then, after the e-Reader has been prepared for the first time, you may scan Animal Crossing-e cards into Animal Crossing.

Preparing your e-Reader for use with Animal Crossing
  1. In Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube, go to the Post Office, Town Melody Board, or the Able Sisters Tailor Shop.
  2. Firmly connect the e-Reader into the Game Pak slot of your Game Boy Advance system.
  3. Connect the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable into Controller Slot 2 of the GameCube.
    • For the original Game Boy Advance, plug the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable into the top of the e-Reader.
    • For the Game Boy Advance SP, plug the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable directly into the back of the Game Boy Advance SP, not into the e-Reader
  4. Turn ON the power of your Game Boy Advance system.
  5. Choose "Prep e-Reader" from the options on the Town Melody Board, the e-Reader Transfer Machine in the Post Office or from speaking to Mabel in the Tailor Shop.
  6. Press the A Button on the Game Boy Advance.
  7. Select "Communication" on the Game Boy Advance and press the A Button on the Game Boy Advance.
  8. Select "To Nintendo GameCube" and press the A Button on the Game Boy Advance system. The screen should then read "Connecting."
  9. Return to the Nintendo GameCube and press the A Button on the screen that reads, "Prepare the e-Reader for communication. Press the A Button when you're ready."
  10. Wait while the screen says "Now downloading..." on the Nintendo GameCube. This step may take up to one minute to complete! DO NOT disconnect your e-Reader or link cable or you will receive a "Communication Failure" message.
  11. When finished, the Game Boy Advance system screen will read "Saving..." and Gyroid will appear with the caption, "Now standing-by..."
  12. You are now ready to scan a card.
Scanning an e-Reader Card into Animal Crossing

After the e-Reader has been properly prepared for the first time, you may scan your Animal Crossing-e card. One important thing to note is that you will only be allowed to scan an e-Reader card once per day.
  1. In Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube, go to the following locations to scan your card, depending upon the TYPE of card you have:

    Type of Card   Go here in Animal Crossing
    Town Tune Card   Town Melody Board
    Design Card   Able Sisters Tailor Shop
    Character Card   Post Office
    Game Card   Post Office

  2. Firmly connect the e-Reader into your Game Boy Advance system.
  3. Connect the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable into Controller Slot 2 of the GameCube.
    • For the original Game Boy Advance, plug the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable into the top of the e-Reader.
    • For the Game Boy Advance SP, plug the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable directly into the back of the Game Boy Advance SP, not into the e-Reader.
  4. Turn ON the power of your Game Boy Advance and press the A Button.
  5. Choose "Access Saved Data" on e-Reader menu, and a picture of a Gyroid will appear with the text "Now standing-by..."
  6. On the Nintendo GameCube, select "Read card" and press the A Button when asked if you would like to read an Animal Crossing-e Card.
  7. Look for the Game Boy Advance text to read, "Please swipe a character card."
  8. Scan your Animal Crossing-e card. For tips on scanning an e-Reader card, please click here.

    Note: You will need to swipe the card fairly quickly (within 30 seconds of getting the "Please swipe..." message) or you will receive the "Time is up" message.

  9. If you are successful, the text on the Game Boy Advance system will read, "Processing data", then "Data processing complete"
  10. The information on the card will be sent to the GameCube, and you will be told where to retrieve any gifts or letters.

If, after following these steps, you are having problems getting only one of your cards to scan successfully, you may need to replace the card. For assistance with Animal Crossing-e cards, contact Nintendo's Consumer Service Department at 1-800-255-3700.

If you are unable to get any of the cards to scan successfully, the problem is likely the e-Reader. Please check our convenient repair options.