The e-Reader was a peripheral released for the Game Boy Advance in 2002 that unlocks special content for certain games. Content includes mini-games, different worlds, or full and complete NES games. The content was added or unlocked by purchasing e-Reader cards and swiping them in.
Among others, Pokémon Battle Arena E-Reader cards and Animal Crossing Cards were released. The Pokémon battle Arena cards allowed you to fight a large amount of predetermined battles for Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Version for the Game Boy Advance whereas the Animal Crossing E-Reader Cards were used for the GameCube version of Animal Crossing and unlocked gifts from your Animal Crossing residents.
The NES series included a total of thirteen different video games with each pack containing five cards to scan before you could actually play it. The first card gives a flavor description for the game and controls; the second card gives some how to play instructions; the third card gives the scoring measures and any warnings to the player; the fourth card gives either tips or info on a separate mode with point tallies; and the fifth card gives either tips or item descriptions. The cards were released in three different series.
Series one was initially released on September 16 of 2002. It featured a total of five different games, with each one being sold separately. The games included:
Series two also featured five different NES games with each pack coming with five cards each. This set was released on November 12 of 2002 and included:
Series three was the final set released. It only included three packs with five cards in each set. They were released on April 21 of 2003, and included:
MODEL NO. AGB-014