Game Boy Camera/Regional Differences

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This is a sub-page of Game Boy Camera.


Hmmm...
To do:
A whole lot. Not so much?
  • Document the rest of the regional differences.
  • Some Japanese screenshots are noticeably brighter than their international counterparts. Retake them with proper brightness.
  • Add screenshots for user ID and other things.


Contents

Title Screen

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-TitleScreen-JP.gif GBCamera-TitleScreen-INT.gif

The name and dancing Mario were both changed for the international release.

Menus

Main Menu

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-MainMenu-JP.png GBCamera-MainMenu-INT.png

The Pocket Camera logo was removed and "SHOOT" and "VIEW" switched places for the international release. The menu names also aren't in bubbles in the international release and are in rectangles instead.

View

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-ViewMenu-JP.png GBCamera-ViewMenu-INT.png

The text "SPORADIC VACUUM", a developer's (Hirokazu Tanaka) nickname, got removed from international releases, probably because most gamers outside of Japan wouldn't know what it means.

Space

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-SpaceUserName-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceUserName-INT.png "OWNER NAME" was changed to "USER NAME" for the international release.
GBCamera-SpaceRecord-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceRecord-INT.png "REPORT" was changed to "RECORD" for the international release.
GBCamera-SpaceHi-Score-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceHi-Score-INT.png "SCORE" was changed to "HI-SCORE" for the international release.
GBCamera-SpaceCredits-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceCredits-INT.png "STAFF ROLL" was changed to "CREDITS" for the international release.

In the US/European version, the top of the screen is covered with a duplicate of the text at the bottom, apparently because someone was too lazy to bother erasing the text from the background image.

Animation

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-Animation-JP.png GBCamera-Animation-INT.png

This menu was completely changed for the international release, apparently because non-Japanese players can't handle cute anime characters.

Link

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-LinkMenu-JP.png GBCamera-LinkMenu-INT.png

This menu was renamed from "ACCESS" to "LINK".

Print

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-PrintMenu-JP.png GBCamera-PrintMenu-INT.png

The image of a syringe was changed to an image of the Game Boy Printer due to Nintendo's censorship policies, and the trademark symbol was moved.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-PrintOptionMenu-JP.png GBCamera-PrintOptionMenu-INT.png

Obvious name change in this menu.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-Printing-JP.png GBCamera-Printing-INT.png

The screen that appears as a picture is printing was edited slightly. The big "Love" graphic was removed, as was the name of the bear enemy from Super Mario Land 2 (Tamanoripu).

Transfer

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-StandBy-JP.png GBCamera-StandBy-INT.png

The "stand by" screen that appears when transfering pictures between two Game Boy Cameras is different between both versions. The international version uses art of Peach and Wario from Mario Kart 64. In the Japanese version, there is a strange and inverted picture of two people, text which translates to "we have many ideas" and Nintendo's first logo, which does a disappearing and reappearing pattern.

Special

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-SpecialMenu-JP.png GBCamera-SpecialMenu-INT.png

The strange image in the Japanese release was changed to an image of Mario for the international release.

Album B

These are pictures that come pre-loaded with the device. Since they were all rearranged for the international release, they've been organized by region exclusives.

Unlocked

Japanese Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B05-JP.png B05
A Japanese school timetable.
GBCamera-B06-JP.png B06
Artwork from one of Nintendo's old hanafuda cards.
GBCamera-B07-JP.png B07
On the left, it says "Congratulations". On the right, it says "Midsummer greetings".
GBCamera-B08-JP.png B08
Translates to "Please wait a moment."
GBCamera-B11-JP.png B11
GBCamera-B12-JP.png B12
Looks like a hot-blooded high school student. He's more or less saying "What the...?!"
(Translations: RahanAkero, divingkataetheweirdo)
International Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B03-INT.png B03
A simple gray screen to complement the black and the white ones.
GBCamera-B08-INT.png B08
GBCamera-B13-INT.png B13
This guy appears as a boss in the Space Fever II minigame.
GBCamera-B14-INT.png B14
GBCamera-B15-INT.png B15
GBCamera-B16-INT.png B16
Pokémon Blue Charizard and Venusaur with Pokémon Red/Green Blastoise and Mewtwo. A similar picture appears as an unlockable in the Japanese version, except Raichu appears instead of Mewtwo.

Unlockable

Japanese Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B17-JP.png B17
Characters from the Game & Watch game Judge.
GBCamera-B19-JP.png B19
Character art of the enemy Tamanoripu from Super Mario Land 2. His name is written above him.
GBCamera-B22-JP.png B22
Pokémon Blue Charizard, Venusaur, and Raichu with Pokémon Red/Green Blastoise. A similar picture appears in the international version, except Raichu has been replaced with Mewtwo.
GBCamera-B23-JP.png B23
Pokémon Red/Green Jolteon, Porygon, and Snorlax. Note that the Chansey sprite is actually from Pokemon Gold, released nearly two years later!
GBCamera-B24-JP.png B24
Pokémon Red/Green Articuno, Zapdos, Dragonite, and Mewtwo.
International Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B17-INT.png B17
Character art of Wario from Wario Land II.
GBCamera-B19-INT.png B19
Character art of Luigi and Peach.
GBCamera-B22-INT.png B22
Package art from an early Nintendo toy, the Space Ball.
GBCamera-B23-INT.png B23
Characters used for the Game & Watch's alarm function. The trumpet guy is from Fire Attack and the bear is from Lion.
GBCamera-B24-INT.png B24
Character art of Small Wario from Wario Land.
GBCamera-B25-INT.png B25
A sketch of Mario, Baby Mario, and Yoshi. The text translates to "super fast camera".
GBCamera-B26-INT.png B26
A photo of R.O.B.
GBCamera-B27-INT.png B27
Character art of Boo from Mario Kart 64.
GBCamera-B28-INT.png B28
Character art of Toad from Mario Party.
GBCamera-B29-INT.png B29
Character art of Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. from, well, Donkey Kong Jr.
GBCamera-B30-INT.png B30
Character art of Mario from Super Mario 64.

Games

These are a few minigames you can play. They have a "game face" feature that allows you to implant your face into the game. The faces shown here are optional pre-loaded ones you can play with.

Space Fever II

A supposed sequel to Nintendo's early Space Invaders knockoff for arcades.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-SpaceFever2Logo-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceFever2Logo-INT.png The "II" in the middle of the title graphic was made a bit taller for the international release.
GBCamera-GameFace6-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace6-INT.png This is the first boss of the game. The second one is identical.
GBCamera-SF2Congrats-JP.png GBCamera-SF2Congrats-INT.png Upon beating the third boss (your own game face), this message is displayed and the game loops back to the beginning (but a bit faster this time). The grammar in the message was fixed for the international version.

Ball

A remake of the Game & Watch game of the same name.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-GameFace3-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace3-INT.png This is the first face option.
GBCamera-GameFace2-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace8-INT.png This is the second face option.
GBCamera-BallFace-JP.png GBCamera-BallFace-INT.png The face that appears when you lose got changed for the international release.

DJ

Not really a game but a music making application.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-DJMessage-JP.png GBCamera-DJMessage-INT.png Some of the the main menu's text was changed for the international release. The Japanese version also starts you off on the "Save Data" icon, while the international version starts on the "Sample" icon.
GBCamera-GameFace4-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace4-INT.png This is the first face option. The second one is identical.
GBCamera-DJSound1-JP.png GBCamera-DJSound1-INT.png The name of the program was changed from TRIPY-H to TRIPPY-H. The "frequency" abbreviation was also changed from "FEQ." to "FRQ."
GBCamera-DJNoise-JP.png GBCamera-DJNoise-INT.png Another instance of the name change.

Run! Run! Run!

An unlockable game that involves racing a bird and a mole by doing a lot of button mashing.


Hmmm...
To do:
Rip the Run! Run! Run! title music. (International and Japanese)


Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-RunRunRunTitle-JP.png GBCamera-RunRunRunTitle-INT.png The title screen was completely changed for the international release and actually represents what the game is about. The music was also changed.
GBCamera-GameFace3-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace7-INT.png This is the first face option. The Japanese version reuses a face from Ball.
GBCamera-GameFace6-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace2-INT.png This is the second face option. The Japanese version reuses a face from Space Fever II.

Frames

Normal

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-Frame01-JP.png GBCamera-Frame01-INT.png No. 01
GBCamera-Frame02-JP.png GBCamera-Frame02-INT.png No. 02
GBCamera-Frame07-JP.png GBCamera-Frame07-INT.png No. 07

Wild

Tall frames that can only be selected when printing a picture.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-WildFrame02-JP.png
GBCamera-WildFrame02-INT.png
No. 02
A Pokémon frame featuring Red riding a bicycle was changed to a Super Mario World frame.
GBCamera-WildFrame03-JP.png
GBCamera-WildFrame03-INT.png
No. 03
The Pocket Camera logo was appropriately changed to the Game Boy Camera logo.
GBCamera-WildFrame05-JP.png
GBCamera-WildFrame05-INT.png
No. 05
Another Pokémon frame featuring Blastoise was changed to a Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening frame.
GBCamera-WildFrame06-JP.png
GBCamera-WildFrame06-INT.png
No. 06
Yet another Pokémon frame, this one featuring Pikachu and Clefairy, was changed to a Wario Land frame.
x
GBCamera-WildFrame07-INT.png
No. 07
This Mario Kart 64 frame is exclusive to the international version. There is no 7th frame in the Japanese version.

Stamps

You can paste these on your photos.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-SmallFace-JP.png GBCamera-SmallFace-INT.png The "small face" stamps are mostly identical, except for one. A stamp of an eyeball popping out of someone's head was replaced with a big nose.
GBCamera-BigStamps-JP.png GBCamera-BigStamps-INT.png The amount of big stamps, however, were sized down considerably for the international release. The ringed-bull nose and curly mustache, however, are exclusive to countries outside Japan.
GBCamera-PokemonStamps-JP.png GBCamera-PokemonStamps-INT.png The amount of Pokémon Red/Green stamps were also reduced. However, the Japanese version doesn't feature Pokémon Red/Green Meowth and Pokémon Blue Mew, making them internationally exclusive.
x GBCamera-MarioStamps-INT.png These Mario stamps are exclusive to the international release.
GBCamera-SymbolStamps-JP.png GBCamera-SymbolStamps-INT.png Two rows of stamps were added to the bottom of the symbols stamps for the international release. The currency signs were changed appropriately. The two stamps with the Japanese writing translate to "check" and "look, look!"

Misc

Hot-Spot

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-HotSpot-JP.png GBCamera-HotSpot-INT.png

The text "PICTRIP" was changed to "HOT-SPOT" for the international release.

In the Japanese version, if you press B while a song is playing, the music will continue to play outside of the Hot-spot selection menu. The international version will stop the music after exiting the menu.

If you attempt to set a Hot-spot in any of the Album B pictures, only the exit menu will appear. Gameshark code 01??D8D5 ID 1E-3B will allow you to access the Album B photos.

Error Faces

Two of the three faces that appear when an error happens were changed for the international release.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-ErrorFace1-JP.png
GBCamera-ErrorFace2-JP.png
GBCamera-ErrorFace1-INT.png
GBCamera-ErrorFace2-INT.png

User IDs

The Japanese User IDs begin with PC, e.g. PC-12345678, but in the international release the PC was changed to GC, e.g. GC-12345678, because of the device's regional name change. The Japanese version allows you to record your blood type.

Credits

Hmmm...
To do:
The intro animation


Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-CreditsEnd-JP.png GBCamera-CreditsEnd-INT.png

The sentence "Don't butter me up!" was removed from the ending picture of the (real) credits sequence.

Super Game Boy Borders

The logo in the border for the Super Game Boy was changed accordingly.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-SGBBorder-JP.png GBCamera-SGBBorder-INT.png