e-Reader with Game Boy Player - Scanning a Card

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General e-Reader Scanning Steps
  1. Make sure the connection is correct.
  2. Make sure that there are no bright lights shining into the e-Reader. This includes using the e-Reader in direct sunlight.
  3. On the e-Reader title screen, press the A Button, then select "Scan Card" and press A again.
  4. After the "Scan Card" screen has appeared, hold the e-Reader card with the Dot Code side facing the Nintendo GameCube and slowly pass the coded area through the e-Reader Card Slot.
  5. If the scan was successful, press the A Button to accept. If the scan was not successful, review the tips (See Below) for scanning.
  6. Repeat steps 3 & 4 to scan additional cards as needed.
  7. If the card includes an NES game, on the "Save?" screen, highlight "Yes" and press the A Button once to save the game to the e-Reader's internal memory. If there is an existing game already saved, choose "yes" to overwrite it.

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. Please click here for assistance.

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.


Animal Crossing
  • The only Nintendo GameCube game that currently uses the e-Reader is Animal Crossing. Players who purchase Animal Crossing e-Cards can scan these cards with the e-Reader to unlock certain features in the Animal Crossing game. If you would like to use this feature, you will need to do so with the use of a Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Advance SP. Please click here for more information.


Scanning Tips

  • Slowly swipe the card. You should take 1-2 seconds for each card
  • Cards may be swiped in either direction (left or right)
  • When swiping, the card must be fully inserted into the e-Reader so that the edge is flat against the bottom of the card slot
  • You may have to scan several cards to load the entire program. However, they do not need to be swiped in any particular order
  • Dot codes may appear along more than one edge of each card